Emerging Themes

Over the course of the institute, we will be developing a set of White Papers around the intersecting themes of Climate Change, Hazards & Vulnerabilities, Geographic Technologies, Communication and Education.  This page keeps track of emerging topics that will be developed into these focused contributions. 
The TAG CLOUD image above was created from the substantive text of this knowledge environment website to demonstrate how themes are emerging.  We will use similar content analysis technology drawn from evolving participant commentary during the institute to develop a framework for supporting the collaborative decisions about white paper and research themes.
Some topics which are not selected for this in-depth treatment will be used to generate or supplement a Research Agenda, outlining some recommendations for future questions, lines of inquiry, development of approaches or applications.
As of the end of the PASI workshop on June 25, 2010, the themes that had emerged are represented in the wordle cloud below:
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DateAdded by:Main FocusQuestionLink, if applicable
DateAdded by:Main FocusQuestionLink, if applicable
June 14, 2010 Elma MONTAÑA Communication What rationales could we present to politicians, market players and other short-term planners (that tend to avoid assuming responsibilities of their acts) to make them aware of the convenience of planning for climate change adaptation and to persuade them into implementing it?  
June 14, 2010 Elma MONTAÑA Adaptation How do power games and inequities affect global environmental change adaptation processes?  
May 27, 2010 Dan O'Hair Communication How can the different knowledge communities represented here develop the types of intersections that lead to novel approaches to climate change?  
April 24, 2010 Shari Veil Communication How will your research make a difference at the community level?  
April 24, 2010 Tania Sausen Geographic Technologies How to use remote sensing data for disaster monitoring and prevention?  
April 24, 2010 Tania Sausen Geographic Technologies How to take advantages from free remote sensing data and GIS softwares for disaster monitoring, prevention and support public policies?  
April 24, 2010 John Tiefenbacher Adaptation What kind of adaptations and adjustments have we seen and can we anticipate other types or styles of adaptations that we haven't yet seen?  
April 24, 2010 Craig Colten Adaptation How do communities assess and address the complex social, political, and cultural factors in preparing for and responding to hazards events?  
April 24, 2010 John Tiefenbacher Climate Change Considering the social systems that will be modified in order to reduce GHG production and anything else that will tend to contribute to climate change, what problems will changing those systems cause in other systems? What are the limits to mitigation?  
April 24, 2010 John Tiefenbacher Climate Change What metric(s) would be the most profound issue(s) to develop in order to advance assessment of climate-change impacts on areas or communities?  
April 24, 2010 Craig Colten Hazards How do communities preserve the social memory of hazards and their impacts and put them to use in strengthening resilience for future disruptive events?  
April 24, 2010 Susan Cutter Vulnerability Why are quantitative metrics for assesing vulnerability important?  
April 24, 2010 Susan Cutter Integration Why is there a seeming disparity in the approaches taken by hazards researches from those interested in the hazards of climate change, and those researches with a U.S. centric-view versus those scholars working in other geographic settings?  
April 24, 2010 Fabian Araya Education What is the curricular and thematic importance of natural disasters in the context of current geographical education?  
April 24, 2010 Fabian Araya Education What are the most relevant methodological strategies to the teaching and learning and the dissemination of the theme of natural disasters through formal and informal education?  
April 24, 2010 May Yuan Climate Change What are the spatial dimensions of climate change? How to downscale global climate change scenarios to regional and local consequences? What are the climate change impacts in my community? Is there a climate adaptation plan in my community? If no, how to develop one?  
April 5, 2010 Charmaine Heslop-Thomas Communication How do we bridge the gap between science and policy? How do we get key stakeholders or decision makers to 'buy in' to the research or the science?  
March 15, 2010 Patricia Geographic Technologies How will the increasing use of personal devices with geospatial capabilities offer opportunities for adaptation or mitigation during extreme events?  
March 16, 2010 Susan Education What are effective ways of teaching about climate change and hazards in informal education?  
March 15, 2010 Matt Vulnerability How can experiences with past hazards in some places be shared with other places that because of climate changes are expected to experience those risks for the first time?  
March 16, 2010 Patricia Communication What lessons about differences in cultural communication about climate change in Latin America might be relevant to consider when working with Spanish speaking populations in the US?  
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