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Webinar: Scoping and Design of Actionable Science: A case study of integrating urban climatology and land-use planning

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Friday, 20 November 2020, 12:00

Friday, November 20, 2020. 12:00 PM. Webinar: Scoping and Design of Actionable Science: A case study of integrating urban climatology and land-use planning. Mariana Fragomeni, University of Connecticut. Sponsored by NOAA RESTORE Science Program. More information here.

Coastal communities in the southeastern US are vulnerable to prolonged heat exposure due to storm driven power outages. To effectively address this vulnerability, cities must develop heat response plans that reduce health risks associated with prolonged heat exposure. Actionableheat response plans require intensive collaboration between public health departments, emergency management agencies, planning agencies and climatologists, a process referred to as co-production. This seminar details the collaborative effort undertaken by researchers, resource managers and decision makers to co-produce an actionable heat response plan for the city of Savannah, GA. First, we will discuss iterative steps taken during the scoping phase of the project including a rapid assessment process that gathered insiders' perspectives of an issue through intensive teamwork and data triangulation. Next, we describe a heat response planning workshop where we used a geodesign framework, which allowed participants to visualize individual variables of heat vulnerability and how those variables interact with each other. Finally, we will present how workshop participants reconciled their different heat response priorities to collaboratively produce a heat response plan that included 15 actions, 10 policies, and 5 projects.

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