Integrating Research on Climate Change and Hazards in the Americas 
  Recent disasters have drawn the world’s attention to the realities of a changing global climate, especially its implications toward increased extreme weather events, natural hazard risks, the impact of tsunamis on coastal areas, effects of sea level rise on biodiversity, rising vulnerability in rapidly growing urban areas, disaster preparation for hurricanes, drought and fire hazards and other critical issues. Public awareness has lately gained significant ground due to unfortunate high-profile catastrophes.
  Meanwhile the scientific community has increasingly applied its knowledge and technologies to develop solutions to the problems caused by these events. Especially advanced geographic research and technologies, such as remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) have enabled new discoveries and complex modeling of how climate change may affect places differently, while Internet mapping and tools such as Google Earth have made information more accessible to teachers, students and lay learners. However, public understanding is still sorely lacking, the complexity and uncertainty of scientific realities continue to complicate education on the subject, and misconceptions persist within classrooms, boardrooms, and legislative arenas.
  Our program has generated an integrated response from a multi-sectoral, interdisciplinary and international community of scholars and practitioners that will provide a working framework for greater numbers of current and future experts to work towards solutions in collaboration across the Americas.
 Image credit: NASA

Project Updates

  • Brief Video Documents PASI's Results A twelve-minute video has been created about the June 2010 PASI event in Panama City.  The short documentary gives an overview of the process of collaborating among international and ...
    Posted May 20, 2011, 8:45 AM by Patricia Solis
  • Research Agenda Released   The final report, in the form of a document that outlines research directions, has been released and is posted online for public viewing.   Authored by the interdisciplinary team of 50 ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2011, 5:42 AM by Patricia Solis
  • White Papers identify interdisciplinary contributions A set of five manuscripts that document various interdisciplinary contributions to important themes relating to the intersection of Climate Change and Hazards have been released.  During the June 2010 event ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2010, 7:10 AM by Patricia Solis
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