Check out the new book, The Ostrich Paradox. In the book, the authors examine and explain why people consistently underprepare for disasters. They also introduce a Behavioral Risk Audit, a systematic approach for improving preparedness by addressing six biases (myopia, amnesia, optimism, inertia, simplification, and herding) that lead individuals, communities, and institutions to make errors. The key takeaway: If we are to be better prepared for disasters, we will need to learn to be more like ostriches (who, in fact, never bury their heads in the sand)!
This book should be an excellent resource for private and public sector leaders, planners, and policy-makers who want to build more resilient communities.
To see more, visit: http://wdp.wharton.upenn.edu/book/ostrich-paradox/
SAGE member Maya Buchanan, "a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs concentrating in in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP), has received an Outstanding Student Paper Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Her winning presentation at the fall 2016 AGU meeting was titled “Amplification of flood frequencies with local sea-level rise and emerging flood regimes.” Click here for more information on Maya's award.
The Nature Conservancy in cooperation with several large companies have worked on environmentally-sound business practices that align with and protect natural processes. The work has proven that using green infrastructure can be part of good business strategy and can lead to better outcomes for companies. Download TNC's Green Infrastructure Case Studies to review some of these collaborations.
Some conclusions from the different projects:
What comes first? A beach nourished with sand or real estate development? Sometimes it is hard to tell. What isn't difficult to realize is that all of this development is at risk.
For the rest of the blog post People are building ever-bigger homes on vulnerable beaches by Sarah DeWeerdt | Jan 10, 2017 click here. DeWeerdt's piece is based on Armstrong SB et al. “Indications of a positive feedback between coastal development and beach nourishment.” Earth’s Future. 2016.
The Belize Association of Planners and Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) is hosting the Caribbean Urban Forum May 17 -19 in Belize City and they put out a call for abstracts. Here’s the link: http://www.belizeplanners.org/caribbean-urban-forum-2017/ . The themes are Green Energy, Economy & Space – Pathways to Urban Sustainability--which, by definition in the Caribbean, includes coastal resiliency.
"Natural systems can provide basic services like water storage, storm buffering, or water filtration to communities, businesses, and residences. The benefits are not hypothetical."
Check out this blog which covers the kind of work SAGE is promoting.
Nature’s solutions for infrastructure problems By Lynn Scarlett - 11/08/16 03:00 PM EST
An iceberg, possibly one of the largest ever recorded, is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say. Researchers say this break will leave the whole shelf vulnerable to future break-up. "As it floats on the sea, the resulting iceberg from the shelf will not raise sea levels. But if the shelf breaks up even more, it could result in glaciers that flow off the land behind it to speed up their passage towards the ocean. This non-floating ice would have an impact on sea levels. " - McGrath, BBC
For the entire BBC Science and the Environemnt article click here.
eThe Center for Coastal Resources Managment's latest email announced the publication of a SAGE relavant book. Description below or go straight to the CCRM website for the announcement and promo code. The Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) develops and supports integrated and adaptive management of coastal zone resources.
"A new book about living shorelines will be published in March 2017 and is now available for pre-order. Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection is a synthesis of recent thinking and results from practitioners and researchers of Living Shorelines. International perspectives are presented from leading researchers and managers in the East, West and Gulf coasts of the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia that are working on natural approaches to shoreline management. This new living shorelines book is co-edited by CCRM scientists Donna Marie Bilkovic and Molly M. Mitchell (and others).
PROVIDENCE — In a bid to reduce the potential damage from flooding caused by storm surges, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has put forward a $58.6-million plan that would largely be funded through taxpayer money to lift up 341 private structures on the Washington County coast.