COLUMBIA, S.C. – The 2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference originally scheduled for mid-September but postponed because of Hurricane Florence has been rescheduled for Oct. 29-31.
The conference is to be a platform to share experience and knowledge of opportunities, tools, resources, local initiatives and expertise regarding resilience in the face of climate change. Although research findings will be shared, this conference is intended to foster real-world solutions to climate adaptation in the Carolinas. The revised conference agenda is to include presentations and sessions that address the effects of and lessons learned from Hurricane Florence.
Organizers outlined the following goals for the event:
- Support on-the-ground climate resilience efforts by providing managers and regional experts with an opportunity to share lessons learned and discuss resources and tools for incorporating climate information into their work.
- Contribute to the development of a climate information network for the Carolinas.
- Provide a venue for practitioners, resource people, and researchers to share information about current activities, plans and opportunities for collaboration.
The conference at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center is geared toward community leaders, engineers, extension agents, faith-based groups, government agency staff, researchers and others.
The event is presented by the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, one of 10 regional teams funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and working to integrate climate science into decision-making processes.
Sponsors include environmental data products company YSI, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Clean Air Carolina and the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and others.