Southeast & Caribbean Climate Community of Practice Workshop

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Monday, April 24, 2017, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12:15 p.m. CDT

Charleston, SC, United States

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The Southeast and Caribbean Climate Community of Practice (CoP) Workshop brings together individuals from local, state, and federal governments, academia, non-profit organizations and the private sector to apply climate science and assess how coastal communities and ecosystems can adapt to the impacts of climate variability and change.

The CoP Workshop provides a forum for sharing lessons learned and best practices related to climate communication and adaptation. The CoP Workshop also provides education and networking opportunities to its members and their stakeholders to increase knowledge and awareness of climate science and to coordinate and perform outreach, extension and communication related to climate change and its impacts in the Southeast and Caribbean region.

The meeting will include discussions on:

  • An engaging keynote presentation by Jason Hurdich and Shonna Magee, the team that interpreted S.C. Governor Nikki Haley's Hurricane Matthew press conferences for Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens

  • Hurricane Matthew – impacts, lessons learned, rapid response and recovery planning, and disaster communications

  • The connections between recovery planning and adaptation planning

  • Examples of successful resilience partnerships

  • Brainstorming project-specific partnerships for future funding opportunities

Learning objectives include:

  • Understanding the latest science of how climate change will impact the Southeast and Caribbean region.

  • Learning best practices in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from extreme events.

  • Exploring communications strategies for engaging community members about extreme events.

  • Understanding opportunities for partnerships and collaborations across the region to increase climate resilience.





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Jason Hurdich

Jason Hurdich has instructed college level ASL and interpreting classes since 1993, starting while still working on his BA degree at Boston University. While at Vcom3D, a 3D animation company, Mr. Hurdich has been a significant contributor to the Company’s SigningAvatar technology development, and consults with the staff in ... Read More

Elizabeth Fly

Liz Fly is the Coastal Climate Extension Specialist for CISA and the SC Sea Grant Consortium. She provides science-based information to coastal communities, resource managers, and interest groups in South Carolina and the region. She also contributes to research motivated by community needs and provides hands-on operational and technical support ... Read More

Jessica Whitehead

Jessica Whitehead is the coastal communities hazards adaptation specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant. She assists coastal users with integrating information about coastal weather and climate hazards into their decision-making processes. Her work ranges from providing community groups with climate science data to working with scientists to develop decision-support tools ... Read More

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