CCRUN Seminar Abstracts

CCRUN Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series

July 1, 2020:

Sustained Assessment: Adapting Climate Information for Local and Regional Scales

The NOAA RISA program is home to a network of Sustained Assessment Specialists. This role helps to move beyond traditional climate assessments towards more integrated and usable science. Representatives from this network will introduce the emerging topic of sustained assessment, which is gaining traction with research and information-user communities. The Sustained Assessment Specialists will also discuss their experiences and lessons learned adapting climate information for local and regional applications across the country. These efforts have supported, for example, sea level rise and setback policy guidance in the City and County of Honolulu, water management in the Colorado River Basin, and the forthcoming update of the New York State Climate Assessment.

About the speakers:

Anna LoPresti currently works as Sustained Assessment Specialist for the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, based at Columbia University. She assists with stakeholder-driven research on climate adaptation strategies in the urban corridor including Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston. Her research focuses on managed retreat planning for coastal communities, ecosystem-based adaptation, and participatory state-level climate assessments. She works in collaboration with CCRUN to strengthen capacity for long-term, equitable, community-based adaptation planning across the region. She holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Development from Columbia University.

Zena Grecni is the Sustained Climate Assessment Specialist for the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (Pacific RISA), a NOAA RISA program for Hawai‘i and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands. Ms. Grecni serves as a regional focal point for the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA), a network of federal, state, and local partners, and she synthesizes climate information to support Pacific Island adaptation initiatives. She was a regional chapter author for the Fourth National Climate Assessment. Ms. Grecni received a Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M.) from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College. She previously worked as a communications specialist for the Pacific RISA and completed fellowships with the Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP).

Benét Duncan is the Managing Director for Western Water Assessment (WWA), a NOAA RISA program that conducts work in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. She is responsible for directing and managing the daily and long-term activities of the operations of WWA. She also conducts research at the intersection of science and society, with a focus on sustained climate assessment and better connecting scientific information related to weather and climate with decision-makers. Prior to assuming the Managing Director role, Benét was WWA’s Sustained Assessment Specialist, one of a small network of scientists across the country working to advance sustained climate assessment. She previously worked at the science-policy interface in California, including helping to manage a monitoring program for the state’s Marine Protected Areas and developing ocean climate indicators for a National Marine Sanctuary. Benét received her MS and PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Colorado, and her BS in Atmospheric Science from the University of California Davis.