Carolina Planning graduate students who are part of a Natural Hazards Resilience Certificate course taught as part of a Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) education project hosted a recent Climate Change and Resilience Symposium. The event included a keynote speaker; two plenary panels focusing on resilience issues; and a student poster contest highlighting local climate-related research.
The student group leading the event, Carolina Hazards and Resilience Planners (CHRP), was formed by students of CRC Director Dr. Gavin Smith who are part of the CRC education project. The event was co-organized by students Christian Kamrath, Margaret Keener and Jessie Straub.
The Symposium was the fusion of the 5th annual Climate Change Symposium (hosted by Carolina Climate Change Scientists) and the 2nd annual Resilience Symposium (hosted by Carolina Hazards & Resilience Planners (CHRP,) also supported by the CRC). Participants discussed how to best communicate climate sciences to different audiences through different methods, how to translate results to the public, and the role of scientists and professionals in climate communications. Participants discussed the challenges faced by small towns and rural areas in recovering from Matthew, the exacerbation of rural areas’ challenges such as population loss from the hurricane, and differing experiences across the state with disaster recovery.
The Symposium was also a chance for undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and faculty doing research on hazards, resilience and climate change to display and discuss their research through a student poster session.
About the certificate program
The Natural Hazards Resilience Certificate Program, offered by the Coastal Resilience Center (CRC) in partnership with Carolina Planning, is a graduate certificate program focused on the study of natural hazards resilience. The classes include “Planning for Natural Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation” (fall), “Survey of Natural Hazards and Disasters” (spring) and a “Natural Hazards Resilience Speaker Series” (spring).