Fire and Water: Water Vulnerability and Drought and Wildfire Awareness in North Carolina

APA North Carolina Chapter

#9133643

Friday, September 29, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EDT

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Overview

Although recent drought and wildfire events in the state have caught the attention of the public, the  elevated risk of drought and wildfire in a changing climate and water regime are already on the radars  of urban and rural planners, emergency management officials, public health experts, resource managers, and emergency management personnel.  "Fire and Water" will explore water vulnerability and drought and wildfire perceptions  in North Carolina based on professional perspectives.

The session will include four rapid sessions in a lightning round to share research focusing on water vulnerability in North Carolina. The lightning round will be anchored by a summary of expert knowledge relating to perceptions of drought and wildfires in Watauga County, which was  collected and analyzed by a student research team in a Planning Studio  at Appalachian State University during the  Spring and Summer of 2017. In addition, speakers will present their work focusing on vulnerability and resilience, public health impacts, and resources and emergency management practices during drought and wildfire events. By the end of the session, participants will have gained insight about the characteristics of drought and wildfire hazard in North Carolina, which they can apply to their own communities in the future.

Speakers

Elizabeth Shay, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Elizabeth Shay and Rich Crepeau are planning faculty members in the Department of Geography and Planning at Appalachian State University. The primary presenters in this lightning round include graduate students Laura Thompson, Lauren Anderson, and Abie Bonevac, as well as Appalachian State University Geography alum Charlie Myers. Read More

Laura Thompson

Confirmed Speaker

Laura Thompson is a second year graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Geography in the Appalachian State University Department of Geography & Planning. Read More

Abie Bonevac

Confirmed Speaker

Abie Bonevac is a senior pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Geography and Community & Regional Planning in the Appalachian State University Department of Geography & Planning. Read More

Lauren Anderson

Confirmed Speaker

Lauren Andersen is a second year graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Geography in the Appalachian State University Department of Geography & Planning. Read More

Contact Info

Benjamin Howell, bhowell@townofmorrisville.org