Joint Session 40 Living in a World of Rapid Global Environmental Changes: The Intersection of Environmental Disasters, Human Health, and Vulnerable Populations  (cosponsored by the Board on Women and Minorities)

Wednesday, 15 January 2020: 8:45 AM-10:00 AM
153B (Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)
Hosts: (Joint between the 11th Conference on Environment and Health; the 15th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice; and the Symposium on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion )
Aaron J. Piña, Aeris LLC, Louisville, CO
Ayesha Wilkinson, NCAS-M, Howard Univ., Howard University, Washington, DC; Marybeth Arcodia, Univ. of Miami/RSMAS, Atmospheric Science, Miami, FL and Jason Wright, NASA, Howard University, Washington, DC

In recent years, the U.S. experienced extreme cold and heat, pollution, and flooding events that have had adverse impacts on human health and livelihoods. According to the Fourth National Climate Assessment, “impacts from climate change on extreme weather and climate-related events, air quality, and the transmission of disease through insects and pests, food, and water increasingly threaten the health and well-being of the American people, particularly populations that are already vulnerable.” Some of the most vulnerable populations to environmental hazards on human health are underrepresented groups in society (e.g. socioeconomically-disadvantaged, special needs, youth, and the elderly). Scientists must ask ourselves: are we adequately preparing all members of the population for an increase in environmental disasters?  Scientists must work together to effectively communicate the hazards to these underrepresented communities and to brainstorm solutions to address their specific needs and concerns regarding climate change and extreme weather. A joint session between the Board on Environment and Health and the Board on Women and Minorities highlights the intersectionality between environmental disasters, human health and livelihood, and vulnerable populations. Topics such as vulnerable populations and extreme weather, human health and air pollution, and environmental racism/justice are encouraged.

8:45 AM
Ensuring Future Mental Balance in the Meteorological Community: Per Climate Change on Extreme Weather and Climate-Related Events
Jason B. Wright, DOC/NOAA/NWS Nashville, TN, Old Hickory, TN; and R. Garcia-Hiraldo and A. D. Hoon
9:00 AM
Heat Adaptation among India's Vulnerable Populations
Gulrez Shah Azhar, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA; and G. Ryan
9:15 AM
Climate Resilience in a Coastal City in Ecuador: Linking Disaster Risk Reduction and Urban Health in Duran
Mercy J. Borbor-Cordova, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Guayaquil, Ecuador; and M. D. P. Cornejo-Rodriguez, A. Valdiviezo, G. Menoscal, D. Ochoa, M. Arias–Hidalgo, D. Matamoros, G. Ger, I. Nolivos, and G. Rincon
9:30 AM
Convergence Science in an Age of Environmental Extremes
Lori Peek, University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center, Boulder, CO
9:45 AM
Social Vulnerability and Perceived Risk of Floods
Sharon Harlan, Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA; and M. Sarango, E. Mack, and T. Stephens
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