U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, United States
Session Description: Climate adaptation science is a burgeoning discipline that centers on addressing and preparing for climate change effects on water, species, ecosystems, disturbance regimes, infrastructure, cultural resources, and human socio-economic systems. Although the potential impacts of climate change on natural resources have been studied for decades, methods for conducting that research and applying the results for purposes of adaptive management and decision making are still evolving. Recently, advances in research and engagement have improved our ability to identify, plan and implement adaptation actions across diverse sectors. This special session will highlight many of these advances, which include proposed assessment and decision-support frameworks, approaches to producing actionable science for or with decision makers, and conceptual models that incorporate human communities into knowledge production processes. Furthermore, we will foster discussion on how to be more intentional developing science and products that can support marginalized groups and communities impacted by climate change. The session will include a series of lightning talks that provide an overview of recent advances in climate adaptation science. Talks will be followed by an interactive panel discussion focused on future needs and potential paths forward for ESA and the field in general. The aim of this session is to encourage ESA membership to take a leading role in the next generation of climate adaptation science, particularly in a manner that ensures environmental justice, equity, and inclusivity.