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Upcoming Initiative Events

Mark your calendar and join us at upcoming Initiative events or watch/listen to recordings of previous Initiative events. We are building strong collaborative teams that will work with our coastal communities, and we welcome you to join us on our journey. (Contact Amanda Mueller ammuell2@ncsu.edu for information concerning Initiative events.)

You can access each of the Initiative virtual events at https://go.ncsu.edu/coastalresilience

When: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm EST

Dr. Kathie Dello (Director, State Climate Office of North Carolina) and Dr. Rebecca Irwin (University Director, USGS Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center) will share how their programs can support projects and initiatives related to weather, climate and determining ways we can adapt. Make sure you join us, you don’t want to be left standing out in the cold!

When: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This week’s topic TBD.

Seminar Series: This seminar is the third in a weekly series where experts within and outside of NC State will address the same question: What is the future of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Research and Communications?

Major Themes: During the Spring semester speakers will answer the question of the future of CR&S Research and Communications within one of six major themes outlined in the initiative:
Theme 1: Sustainable agriculture, forestry, and rural, natural resource-based economies
Theme 2: Water quality and quantity in the coastal zone
Theme 3: Energy resilience, and innovations in technology
Theme 4: Coupled human and natural systems
Theme 5: Mutually beneficial engagement that emphasizes social equity
Theme 6: Education at NC State and beyond

When: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This week’s topic TBD.

Seminar Series: This seminar is the fourth in a weekly series where experts within and outside of NC State will address the same question: What is the future of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Research and Communications?

Major Themes: During the Spring semester speakers will answer the question of the future of CR&S Research and Communications within one of six major themes outlined in the initiative:
Theme 1: Sustainable agriculture, forestry, and rural, natural resource-based economies
Theme 2: Water quality and quantity in the coastal zone
Theme 3: Energy resilience, and innovations in technology
Theme 4: Coupled human and natural systems
Theme 5: Mutually beneficial engagement that emphasizes social equity
Theme 6: Education at NC State and beyond

When: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This week’s topic TBD.

Seminar Series: This seminar is the fifth in a weekly series where experts within and outside of NC State will address the same question: What is the future of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Research and Communications?

Major Themes: During the Spring semester speakers will answer the question of the future of CR&S Research and Communications within one of six major themes outlined in the initiative:
Theme 1: Sustainable agriculture, forestry, and rural, natural resource-based economies
Theme 2: Water quality and quantity in the coastal zone
Theme 3: Energy resilience, and innovations in technology
Theme 4: Coupled human and natural systems
Theme 5: Mutually beneficial engagement that emphasizes social equity
Theme 6: Education at NC State and beyond

When: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This week’s topic TBD.

Seminar Series: This seminar is the sixth in a weekly series where experts within and outside of NC State will address the same question: What is the future of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Research and Communications?

Major Themes: During the Spring semester speakers will answer the question of the future of CR&S Research and Communications within one of six major themes outlined in the initiative:
Theme 1: Sustainable agriculture, forestry, and rural, natural resource-based economies
Theme 2: Water quality and quantity in the coastal zone
Theme 3: Energy resilience, and innovations in technology
Theme 4: Coupled human and natural systems
Theme 5: Mutually beneficial engagement that emphasizes social equity
Theme 6: Education at NC State and beyond

When: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This week’s topic TBD.

Seminar Series: This seminar is the seventh in a weekly series where experts within and outside of NC State will address the same question: What is the future of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Research and Communications?

Major Themes: During the Spring semester speakers will answer the question of the future of CR&S Research and Communications within one of six major themes outlined in the initiative:
Theme 1: Sustainable agriculture, forestry, and rural, natural resource-based economies
Theme 2: Water quality and quantity in the coastal zone
Theme 3: Energy resilience, and innovations in technology
Theme 4: Coupled human and natural systems
Theme 5: Mutually beneficial engagement that emphasizes social equity
Theme 6: Education at NC State and beyond

When: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This week’s topic TBD.

Seminar Series: This seminar is the eighth in a weekly series where experts within and outside of NC State will address the same question: What is the future of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Research and Communications?

Major Themes: During the Spring semester speakers will answer the question of the future of CR&S Research and Communications within one of six major themes outlined in the initiative:
Theme 1: Sustainable agriculture, forestry, and rural, natural resource-based economies
Theme 2: Water quality and quantity in the coastal zone
Theme 3: Energy resilience, and innovations in technology
Theme 4: Coupled human and natural systems
Theme 5: Mutually beneficial engagement that emphasizes social equity
Theme 6: Education at NC State and beyond

When: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This week’s topic TBD.

Seminar Series: This seminar is the ninth and last in a weekly series where experts within and outside of NC State will address the same question: What is the future of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Research and Communications?

Major Themes: During the Spring semester speakers will answer the question of the future of CR&S Research and Communications within one of six major themes outlined in the initiative:
Theme 1: Sustainable agriculture, forestry, and rural, natural resource-based economies
Theme 2: Water quality and quantity in the coastal zone
Theme 3: Energy resilience, and innovations in technology
Theme 4: Coupled human and natural systems
Theme 5: Mutually beneficial engagement that emphasizes social equity
Theme 6: Education at NC State and beyond

NC State’s Center for Marine Science and Technology and Carteret Community College will host a two day event for you to learn about and create solutions for North Carolina’s Blue Economy. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Ocean energy
  • Coastal tourism
  • Marine biotechnology
  • Coastal ocean observation and monitoring
  • Aquaculture
  • Infrastructure innovation
  • High-tech marine products and services
  • Maritime safety and surveillance

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Dr. Chris Osburn (closburn@ncsu.edu).

Past Initiative Events and Recordings

Presenter: Dr. Gavin Smith, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, College of Design, North Carolina State University

Recording coming soon.

Panelists:

  • Gavin Smith, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, College of Design
  • Dave Eggleston, Distinguished Professor, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Sciences and Director, CMAST
  • Casey Dietrich, Associate. Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering 

Panelists:

  • KC Busch, Assistant Professor, Department of STEM Education, College of Education and Leadership in Public Science Cluster
  • Jean Goodwin, SAS Institute Distinguished Professor Department of Communication, CHASS and Leadership in Public Science Cluster
  • Susan White, Executive Director, NC Sea Grant North Carolina, Water Resources Research Institute, and NC Space Grant
  • Leslie Boney, Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement and Director, Institute for Emerging Issues

List of Talks:

  1. Mobile Robots for Coastal Aquaculture – John-Paul Ore
  2. Pathways to barrier drowning arising from coastal management practices – Katherine
    Anarde
  3. Should Sunny Day Floods Trigger Swim Advisories? – Natalie Nelson
  4. Executive Order 80 and post-Florence efforts at the state level – Sarah Spiegler
  5. Co-designing Communication and Control Systems for Resilient Operation of Electric
    Microgrids – Aranya Chakrabortty
  6. Achieving decarbonization and reliability in future power grids – Jeremiah Johnson
  7. Citizen Utilities – Mo-Yuen Chow
  8. Alternative Fuels and Resilience in the Coastal Carolinas – Heather Brutz
  9. Open Source Energy System Modeling – Joe DeCarolis
  10. Soft Variable Area Energy Harvesting – Veenasri Vallem
  11. Quantifying Changing Precipitation in a Warmer Climate for Resilient Design – Jared
    Bowden
  12. Forested coastal wetland resilience – Marcelo Ardon
  13. Phytotoxins in NC coastal waters – Astrid Schnetzer
  14. Towards Real-Time Fecal Indicator Bacteria Monitoring in Nearshore Waters – Angela
    Harris
  15. The Economics of Coastal Wastewater Management – Eric Edwards
  16. Academic Acceleration, Can We Meet the Grand Challenge? – Julie Swann
  17. Title slide only (not able to present): Rewilding Architecture: Building as Ecosystem
    Enhancement – George Elvin
  18. Title slide only (not able to present): Florence, Floods, Forests, and Wastewater
    Treatment – Elizabeth Nichols
  19. Title slide only (not able to present): Evaluating the Potential of Natural Infrastructure for Flood Mitigation – Barbara Doll

List of Talks:

  1. The Climate Change and Society Masters Program – Robert Mera
  2. Long term prediction of Atlantic hurricane activity: A Machine Learning approach – Dr. Hamid Krim
  3. AI/ML at the Edge: Real-time Actionable Knowledge Discovery – Raju Vatsavai
  4. Understand the past, present and future sea-level changes – Paul Liu
  5. Observing and Predicting Historical, Current, and Future Coastal Environmental Conditions – Roy He
  6. Forecasting Water Quality in Coastal Systems – Daniel Obenour
  7. Novel methods for microplastics collection and removal using active particle microcleaners – Orlin Velev
  8. Oceans and Human Health – Ayse Ercumen
  9. Co-production of climate adaptation in ecosystems – Aranzazu Lascurain
  10. Design for Rural Resilience – Bryan Bell
  11. Coastal Zone Soil Research – Matthew Ricker
  12. Watersheds: The Key to Resilient Landscapes – Chuck Flink
  13. Strategic tidal marsh creation contributes to coastal resiliency – Mike Burchell
  14. FLOODWISE: Nature-Based Solutions for Flood Reduction for Farms and Communities in Eastern North Carolina – Fred Cubbage, Meredith Hovis and Ted Shear
  15. Climate impacts in animal agriculture productivity – Sara Shashaani
  16. Economics of Saltwater Intrusion on Coastal Agricultural Lands – Rod Rejesus
  17. Health and Behavior Sensors for Mussels, Fish and Plants – Alper Bozkurt
  18. StriperHub: Striped Bass Aquaculture – Benjamin Reading
  19. Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Coastal Resilience Working Group – Cari Furiness

Other Events

The Spring Discussion Series will focus on our Environmental Responsibilities and feature a faculty member, student group representative, and practitioner from the community briefly sharing what they are doing to make a difference related to the Global Goal. Each session will include time for table discussion and conclude with ways you can connect.

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO A FULLY VIRTUAL EVENT. ZOOM WEBINAR LINK WILL BE IN YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL ONCE YOU REGISTER.

Panelist:

Dr. Andrew Grieshop, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering , North Carolina State University

When: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST

Heat is nothing new to the Southeast, but a warming climate is giving rise to new challenges. North Carolina can expect to see more frequent and more intense heat events, including longer spans of extremely hot days that threaten human life. We can also expect to see warmer nights and higher minimum temperatures. These changes are creating a growing and inequitable public health hazard for North Carolinians.

Serious games are powerful learning tools that utilize intrinsically motivating gaming mechanics to build knowledge and emotional and intellectual connections to content. In this event, a team from NC State University Libraries will play a virtual deliberative serious game considering the economic and societal implications of climate-exacerbated extreme heat events on a fictional city. Max Cawley, an educator, researcher, evaluator, game designer and science communicator with the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, will talk about serious games and facilitate the gameplay.

This event will be streamed live from our Twitch page, and if you have a free Twitch account, you can ask questions and make comments in the live chat. Recordings of past streams are available on our YouTube page after the event.

When: 3:30 – 4:30 pm EST
Where: Virtual and Jordan Addition 1220

Dr. Peter Ojiambo
Professor in NC State’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, and CGA Faculty Fellow

When: 5:30 pm EST

During the virtual meeting, staff are expected to share details on the risk and vulnerability assessment and collect feedback. The risk and vulnerability assessment explores the impacts of sea level rise, flooding, storm surge and erosion to the town’s critical assets, vulnerable populations and natural infrastructure.

When: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST
Where: Great Hall of the Southport Community Building, 223 E Bay St., Southport, NC

Those interested in attending need to register online by Jan. 26. The Southport Community Building requires masks for all guests. Do not attend this event if you have been exposed to or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

When: 3:30 pm -4:30 pm EST
Where: Virtual and Jordan Addition 1220

Dr. Antonia Sebastian
Assistant Professor in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences; hosted by Dr. Helena Mitasova

When: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST
Where: Virtual and Jordan Addition 1220

Dr. Brian Miller
USGS Research Ecologist with the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center; hosted by Dr. Adam Terando

Motivation:
Climate change touches many aspects of life and is a top challenge facing future generations in North Carolina. Many publicly available datasets exist to support adaptation and resiliency in the face of climate change. However, these data can often be difficult for communities to access, analyze, interpret, and put into action given their local knowledge and lived experiences.

Goals:
To initiate steps to overcome these hurdles, this virtual workshop will:

  • facilitate collaborations between communities, organizations, climate scientists, and data scientists with shared goals and interests
  • build capacity to use publicly available (i.e., “open data”) weather and climate data along with reproducible science practices (i.e., “open science”) and local knowledge

The CLEO Institute invites you to their Annual Climate Symposium to discuss critical topics related to the climate crisis & innovative solutions available to tackle it. Last year’s symposium attracted an international audience of over 500 people, with top-level keynote speakers. Our 2022 symposium is in partnership with the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.

The event will begin with a keynote by Dr. Amy Zanne (Professor and Aresty Endowed Chair in Tropical Biology in the Department of Biology for the University of Miami), presenting the critical state of our biodiversity. It will be followed by five experts presenting top climate solutions in food, energy, gender equality, cities, and education.  Delivered in TED-talk style form, each speaker will present their area of expertise followed by a discussion with their moderator and audience Q & A. We aim to highlight the most robust pathways to decarbonization to tackle the climate emergency in an intersectional way while showing the additional co-benefits and positive ripple effects these changes can bring to our society.

When: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST
Where: Virtual and Jordan Addition 1220

Dr. Leila Hashemi Beni
Assistant Professor in NC A&T’s Department of Built Environment; hosted by Dr. Georgina Sanchez

When: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST
Where: Virtual and Jordan Addition 1220

Dr. Zhe Zhu
Assistant Professor in UConn’s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment; hosted by Dr. Josh Gray