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Natural Hazards and Community Resilience Speaker Series

Friday, January 19 at 10:30am to 11:45am

Lawrence Hall, Room 206
1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR

The School of Planning, Public Policy and Management presents the second talk in our Natural Hazards and Community Resilience Speaker Series- Envisioning Resilient Coastal Futures: Exploring alternative scenarios along the Oregon and Washington coastline

Threats to people and property from natural hazards – floods, wildfire, hurricanes, coastal storm surges, landslides, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions – are all on the rise due to global climate change and/or the increased exposure of growing human populations in vulnerable areas. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, extreme hurricane, wildfire, and other hazard events made 2017 the most costly U.S. disaster year on record. Immediate hazards and long-term climate trends will force human societies to face conditions unlike those ever experienced before. To initiate conversation and cross-disciplinary dialogue about related research issues, the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management is continuing its ongoing speaker series on Natural Hazards and Community Resilience.

We invite you to join us on January 19 for a presentation by Dr. Peter Ruggiero, Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science at Oregon State University. Dr. Ruggiero’s primary research interests include coastal geomorphology and coastal hazards. More specifically, he seeks to develop probabilistic approaches for assessing vulnerability to coastal hazards in light of a changing and variable climate. Working at the intersection of science and society, Dr. Ruggiero recently led a team of OSU researchers on a project to review coastal resilience strategies in Oregon.

This event is free and open to the campus community with a particular focus on researchers with interests related to policy development, building and community design, social equity, public health, climate change, environmental management, earth systems, storytelling, and topics in between.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Josh Bruce, Community Service Center Program Director, at jdbruce@uoregon.edu.

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