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Our Common Future Lecture: Urban Resilience to Extreme Climate Events

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FIU MMC - SASC 160

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Our Common Future Lecture- Presented by the Donald Blechman Memorial Lecture Series

The 2018 Our Common Future Lecture will feature Dr. Nancy Grimm, director of the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network and Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University. Dr. Grimm's lecture will explore urban resiliency as a response to extreme climate events.

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Climate change is one of the greatest challenges to global sustainability, with extreme events being the most immediate way that people experience this phenomenon. Urbanization is increasing and climate change is an emerging threat. These two realities of the 21st century are on a collision course.

To ensure the resilience of desired attributes of cities in the face of this impending collision, a new concept of infrastructure that integrates social, ecological, and technological elements in a systems framework (SETS) is required. The infrastructure of the future must leverage ecosystem services, improve social well-being, and exploit new technologies in ways that benefit all segments of urban populations and are appropriate to the particular urban contexts. These contexts are defined not only by the biophysical environment but also by culture and institutions of each place. The SETS conceptual framework is being applied in ten diverse western hemisphere cities to co-develop, with city practitioners, visions of resilient SETS infrastructure for an uncertain future.

Dr. Nancy Grimm:

Nancy B. Grimm is Professor of Ecology and Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University, where she studies the interaction of climate variation and change, human activities, and ecosystems. Her interdisciplinary research in both urban and stream ecosystems has focused on disturbance, resilience, and biogeochemical processes. From 1997-2016 Grimm directed the Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research program, an interdisciplinary study of the Phoenix metropolitan region, with pioneering studies of urban social-ecological systems that conceptually expanded ecology. She currently co-directs a Sustainability Research Network focused on urban resilience to weather-related extreme events. Grimm has been President of the Ecological Society of America and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Ecological Society of America, and the American Geophysical Union. She is an editor for Earth’s Future, a past program director for the U.S. National Science Foundation and senior scientist for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and an author or co-author of over 190 scientific publications.

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