Fire and Water: Water Vulnerability and Drought and Wildfire Awareness in North Carolina
Friday, September 29, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EDT
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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.
Elizabeth Shay, AICP
Benjamin Howell, firstname.lastname@example.org