Outreach and Media

ULINK energy justice event artworkEnergy and housing justice in a changing climate

Mach, Niemann, and Turek-Hankins' U-LINK research team is hosting the finale event in their Climate and Racial Justice Talk Series. The event, which will be moderated by Turek-Hankins, will take place Monday, November 1st from 6-7:15pm ET on zoom. This will be an incredibly informative and engaging event – we’ll be joined for a discussion about the interconnections between energy and racial justice by Denise Abdul-Rahman, Sanya Carley, and Khalil Shahyd. 

If you wish to join us, please register through this link. Please find additional information on our websiteULINK energy justice event flyer

NASA shuttle launchNASA is preparing for the ravages of climate change

Mach comments on a Climate Action Plan released by NASA, which has two thirds of its assets within 16 feet of sea level—including Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Some areas of focus covered by the report include planning for climate risks as new missions move forward, adapting infrastructure as much as possible, ensuring access to space, reducing carbon emissions, and providing education to decisionmakers.

Read the full article in Wired.

RSMAS Frontiers newsletterLab members featured in Rosenstiel School newsletter

The Rosenstiel School’s fall 2021 Frontiers newsletter highlighted the accomplishments of Cuff, Muse, Turek-Hankins, and Mach (pgs. 11 and 12). Accomplishments and awards featured include:
• Cuff: awarded McKnight Doctoral Fellowship and UM Doctoral Fellowship
• Muse: appointed to the Miami Climate Resilience Committee; awarded UM Racial Justice Grant
• Turek-Hankins: awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship; published global systematic review of extreme heat adaptation; invited to serve as chapter author for the Complex Systems chapter in the Fifth National Climate Assessment
• Mach: invited to serve as chapter lead for the Complex Systems chapter in the Fifth National Climate Assessment; co-editor in chief of Climate Risk Management; PI of U-LINK Phase II On the Move grant; co-PI of NOAA Adaptation Science grant

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McKnight fellowship awarded to lab member

Cuff, a first year PhD student in the Environmental Science and Policy program, is an awardee of the 2021 McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program. Her research at UM explores the understanding and involvement of coastal communities in the policy making process related to sea level rise and resiliency.

Read more about Cuff’s research inspirations and the other 2021 McKnight Fellows in News@TheU.

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A major federal response to occupational extreme heat is here at last

Turek-Hankins and Mach published a science opinion in The Conversation about the Biden administration’s recent announcement to tackle extreme heat in vulnerable communities. Specifically, the synthesis article focuses on emerging research about the dangers of chronic heat exposure among workers, and how gaps in the Biden administration’s strategies should be addressed.

Adaptation PBS docuseries previewLab member launches PBS Digital docuseries

Carrère launched a docuseries, Adaptation, on PBS Digital that covers local and community adaptations to environmental change around the world. The four-episode series explores adaptation experiences in Bangladesh (sea level rise), USA (invasive species), Vanuatu (coral reefs) and Ladakh (global warming/melting glaciers). An educational curriculum was also created around the docuseries that is designed as a tool for classrooms (grades 6-12+) to talk about climate change, geography, and culture in a way that connects us as a global community.

NYT covid articleNews media coverage of COVID-19 public health and policy information

A team of actionable knowledge researchers, including Mach, collaborated on a study that explored news media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Media coverage from Canada, the United Kington, and the United States was assessed based on scientific quality and sensationalism, which play a role in informing decision-making by policy makers, the private sector, and individuals.
Read the study in Humanities & Social Sciences Communications here. Cliff notes version here.

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Climate change adaptation to extreme heat

Turek-Hankins is the first author of a study published in Oxford Open Climate Change that reviews the current state of implemented heat adaptations on a global scale. This study fills an important gap that covers the extent that heat adaptations are occurring and where.

The paper was featured in a News@TheU article, and can be found here to read. 

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WLRN podcast: Managed retreat in South Florida

Mach joined WLRN’s Sundial for a podcast conversation focused on managed retreat, the idea of “removing people and assets from places that are really at risk from flooding or other hazards,” after the release of the latest IPCC report. This podcast explored how managed retreat could look in South Florida in the future, considering social, legal, financial, and political influences.

Listen to the podcast here (third podcast on the page).

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UM researchers' reflections of IPCC report

Along with several other University of Miami researchers, Mach discussed the key takeaways of the IPCC Working Group I’s Sixth Assessment report in a News@TheU article, including the requirement for fast, substantial reductions in emissions, as well as investment in a broad portfolio of clean energy technologies. Mach, a lead author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, also pointed to the next report as a resource containing options available for helping manage and adapt to the increasing climate risks.  

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Kraan, Mach, Nagle Alverio, Niemann, and Seeteram represented the Climate Prep research group at Columbia University's 2021 manged retreat conference. Kraan and Niemann presented their research focused on U.S. voluntary buyouts: relocation outcomes and a systematic, comparative literature analysis, respectively. Mach joined a panel conversation that brought up issues of social justice surrounding retreat options that focus on protecting property versus a focus on nurturing people and communities. Nagle Alverio shared her research on the role that international organizations have in planned relocations. Seeteram presented her climate mobility framework for equitable SLR adaptation and later joined the closing plenary.

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Managed retreat concept artReframing strategic, managed retreat for transformative climate adaptation

A special issue of Science focused on climate-induced relocation includes a review paper by Mach and co-author, Siders, that argues that managed retreat is an opportunity to preserve the essential while redesigning high-risk areas in ways that are better for everyone.

The review has been covered by The New York Times, The Conversation, AtmosNews@TheUScienceDaily, and EurekAlert!.

Hurricane Harvey floodingManaged retreat can reinvent cities while protecting lives

Mach and co-author, Siders, wrote an op-ed published in The Conversation that discusses the possibilities of what manged retreat can look like. The piece also discusses how and why conversations about managed retreat, while difficult, are important.

"Thinking carefully about what parts of our lives and communities should stay the same opens space to think creatively about what parts should or could change."

Turek-Hankins paper - heat indexStudy shows disadvantaged communities may get overlooked for climate adaptation funding

Turek-Hankins' research was featured in the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science's newletter, Frontier. The research, published in the fall of 2020, evaluated California's use of the CalEnviroScreen environmental justice index, and found that some communities may be overlooked for state climate adaptation funds based on the tool.

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World Oceans Day and sea level rise

Kraan collaborated with the Outrider Foundation to write two blog posts about sea level rise for World Oceans Day. The first blog post covers the complex impacts of sea level rise on US coastal towns, and the second presents global examples of managed retreat.

Staten island buyoutPromoting equity in retreat through voluntary property buyout programs

Kraan reviews and critiques issues of equity and justice raised for buyouts to date in a recently published policy analysis. The analysis considers the full range of groups affected by buyouts—from where buyouts might occur, through to the eventual destination communities. Based on this analysis, Kraan suggests policy options for addressing equity issues, along with reporting indicators necessary for better understanding the processes and outcomes of buyouts for all involved. Mach and Niemann are also members of the author team. 

Miami climate resilience meeting 5-21Student joins Climate Resilience Committee as a voice for vulnerable communities

Muse was appointed to the City of Miami's Climate Resilience Committee in April. The Committee aims to provide recommendations to the City Commission on policy and land use in ways that will help the City thrive in the face of all climate change threats. In his new role on the Committee, Muse will act as an advocate for low-income and vulnerable communities through these recommendations, making sure underserved communities are represented throughout the consideration and use of climate and sea level rise strategies. 

Simpson figure risk interactionsA framework for complex climate change risk assessment

A global team of climate risk scholars, including Mach, published a paper in One Earth that presents a framework for assessing complex climate change risks. The work builds and expands upon existing frameworkds with the hope that more informed decision making can be done in ways that reduces negative climate change impacts. 

Read media coverage of the paper in EurekAlert! and Carbon Brief.

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Earth Day and climate justice

Turek-Hankins and Niemann, along with colleague, Scot Evans, joined Teddy Lhoutellier on Earth Day for a conversation on climate justice. The discussion highlighted connections between environmental and climate injustices on a broad scale and in Miami. 

Watch the recorded presentation here.

Vineyard floodingClimate-informed hydrologic modeling and policy typology to guide managed aquifer recharge

Mach, along with a team of researchers, published a paper in Science Advances that developed a computer modeling framework that maps future floodwater projections in a changing climate. These maps could aid water managers in redirecting floodwaters toward groundwater aquifers in ways that could help manage flood and drought risks. 

Coverage of the article can be found in Stanford News and Courthouse News Service

NSF grant recipientsStudents earn fellowships to propel their graduate studies

Turek-Hankins is one of five University students to earn the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for 2021. This scholarship will facilitate her research focused on whether federal policies intended to alleviate the energy burden on low-income households are actually doing so, as well as research on equitable climate adaptation policies.

Read News@TheU article.

Biden climate planPresident Biden wants to slash carbon emissions in half by 2030. Here’s what it will take

Mach comments on the ambitious goals President Biden announced in his climate plan. Along with fellow University professors of environmental law and atmospheric science, Mach agrees that the U.S. will need to implement all existing solutions in an aggressive way. She emphasizes that focusing on equity and just transitions is crucially important, as well as maintaining coordination.

Read News@TheU article.

NBC article imageRising temps due to climate change impact maternal health, studies show

Turek-Hankins comments on the inequities surrounding AC access and usage in an NBC Miami article that discusses research connecting negative birth outcomes with exposure to extreme heat during pregnancy. Research has shown that low-birth weights and premature birth rates increase with extreme heat exposure during pregnancy, especially for Black women in the U.S., and Turek-Hankins points out that someone’s socioeconomic inability to pay for AC could lead to very dangerous situations that lead to these outcomes.

UM Graduate Symposium 2021 artwork2021 UM graduate and postdoctoral research symposium

Koller and Kraan presented their research at the 2021 UM Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium. Koller presented a poster of his research on physical infrastructure to prevent flooding, which can be seen here. Kraan shared her research on post-voluntary home buyouts through an oral presentation.

Collaborative research flyerResearching together: An open dialogue on collaborative methods for environmental justice research

Donald helped coordinate and host a forum that covered practical methods and real experiences of carrying out collaborative, community-based environmental justice research. The discussion featured the research and work of community leaders, UM faculty, and graduate students, including Muse, who shared his research on extreme heat mapping in Miami. 

UM 2021 climate symposium artworkSub-Tropical and tropical coastal resilience symposium

Mach presented recent research related to climate and conflict and disaster mitigation at the university’s Sub-Tropical and Tropical Coastal Resilience Symposium. The symposium was organized into three broad topics: Mobility, Metabolisms, and Resilience, brought together scholars, government, community, and professional practice leaders to explore lessons from the Caribbean and South Florida, as well to discuss their applicability within and beyond the region.

Turek-Hankins and Muse headshotsRecipients of inaugural racial justice grants 

Muse and Turek-Hankins, as a team, were one of thirteen recipients of the Racial Justice Pilot Grant Program, which aims to support student-led research initiatives, service projects, and programmatic activities that focus on race, racial justice, and racial equity. Muse and Turek-Hankins’ project is titled, “Defeat the Heat: Mapping extreme heat exposure in Miami’s Black neighborhoods,” and will recruit citizen scientists to help explore what heat exposure looks like in Miami’s Black neighborhoods and providing insight into best options for key adaptation strategies. 

Read more in the News@TheU article

Black wall streetBlack Wall Street’s lessons in entrepreneurship

Darwyn Kelly’s March article, from True Works Publications, goes over the history of Black Wall Street’s community, and how it can provide key lessons to continuing to build an entrepreneurial Black community.

True Works Publications is Kelly’s newsletter that aims to “inform millennials about the power of real estate” in order to “build generational wealth and lead happier lives.” Find all True Works Publications newsletters here.

Speaker headshots and series artworkMiami climate and racial justice activism

The third U-LINK Climate and Racial Justice Talk Series event hosted a conversation with Miami grassroots organization leaders who are working to support and empower the members of our community, including, Mayra Cruz, Santra Denis, and Valencia Gunder.

Watch the event here.

Passcode: CRJTS32221

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Sea Secrets webinar: Managing floods, heat, and fires to keep people and nature safe

Mach, Muse, and Turek-Hankins shared their research focused on flood and extreme heat risks during the Rosenstiel's 2021 Sea Secrets webinar series.

Watch the event here.

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Temperature check: Science, Texas, and climate chaos

Mach was a featured guest on the podcast, Climate One, where she discussed connections between climate science, policy, and societal impacts.

Listen to the podcast through the Climate One website, Apple PodcastsStitcher, or Spotify.

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Frigid weather exposes the nation’s frail power grids

Mach comments on the aging infrastructure in the United States, and how the changing climate can lead to failures of the outdated performace standards - similar to what was experienced in Texas during February's winter storm.

Read the full article in News@TheU.

 Miami leadership event artworkMiami climate justice leadership event

The second event in the U-LINK Climate and Racial Justice Talk Series explored the role that institutions and organizations play in the journey to addressing climate and racial injustices. The panel hosted Dwight Bullard, Dr. Henri Ford, and Dr. Cheryl Holder.

Watch the event here.

Passcode: CRJTS22221


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Washington headshot and artworkMedical ethicist: Race is the most important predictor of environmental harm

Harriet A. Washington was the featured speaker at the inaguaral event in the U-LINK Climate and Racial Justice Talk Series (initiated in part by Mach, Turek-Hankins, and Niemann). Washington discussed the impacts of historic race-based policies and practices in housing, health, and the environment. Read a post-event summary article in News@TheU

Washington artworkU-LINK team launches climate and racial justice talk series

Niemann comments on the intersections of racial justice and climate justice when sharing information on an upcoming conversation series focusing on antiracism and climate impacts, specifically on underserved communities. Mach, Turek-Hankins, and Niemann are members of the U-LINK research team hosting the events.

Read the news story in the University's News@TheU.

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A conversation with Harriet A. Washington

Mach, Turek-Hankins, and Niemann are members of a U-LINK research team that has planned a series of climate justice conversations. The inaugural event for the series hosted Harriet A. Washington, an award winning science writer. 



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Paris Agreement: What's next?

With the United States planning to rejoin the Paris Agreement after Biden takes office, Mach comments on the importance of the Agreement, and how politics and science interact to create the real-life societies we live in. Find her comments in articles discussing the updates on the Paris Agreement in Audubon and The Christian Science Monitor.

Agu fall meeting 2020 bannerClimate prep lab members present research at AGU Fall Meeting 2020

Climate prep lab members shared their research at the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting. Mach shared her research titled, “Actionable knowledge for equitable adaptation in the built environment: supporting global-to-local resilience.” Mach also presented work completed with co-authors, including Kraan, from their Climate as a risk factor for armed conflict paper. A related presentation given by co-author, Cullen Hendrix, can be found here. Turek-Hankins shared work titled, “Equity-oriented adaptation to extreme heat in California,” which was based on her paper, with Mach as a co-author. Seeteram was a presenter of research titled, “Resilience for whom? A climate mobility framework for evaluating equity outcomes in climate change adaptation.” Mach’s co-author, Nicholas Simpson, presented their research, “Assessing and responding to complex climate change risks.” Nolan presented research, completed with Mach as a co-author, titled, “Constraints and enablers for increasing carbon storage in the terrestrial biosphere.” His presentation can be seen here. Niemann shared her work, carried out with Kraan and Mach as co-authors, titled, “Goals and outcomes of U.S. voluntary buyouts: a systematic review.” Another of Mach’s co-authors, Fran Moore, presented work titled, “Linking social, political, and technical feedbacks to model tipping points in the climate-social system.” The presentation can be watched here.

Hurricane Iota2020 Atlantic hurricane season was a novel one

Mach was one of several University of Miami Rosenstiel School experts to comment on the historic 2020 Atlantic hurricane season in a News@TheU article

“Science-society dialogues about climate-related displacement, migration, and retreat have been ramping up tremendously on this topic. And this year’s intense hurricane season has only served to amplify the considerations. Questions of insurance, bond ratings, and other dimensions of finance are also pressing, and there are important uncertainties about when and how changes in markets and policies will unfold.” - Katharine Mach

Turek-Hankins paper imageRisk screening methods for extreme heat: Implications for equity-oriented adaptation

Turek-Hankins and Mach, along with their co-author, Hino, published a study that evaluates the currently used environmental justice index in California (CalEnviroScreen 3.0), as well as two additional adaptation-relevant vulnerability indices (the Social Vulnerability Index and the Heat-Health Action Index). “This study demonstrates important nuances relevant to implementing equity-oriented adaptation and explores the challenges, trade-offs, and opportunities in quantifying vulnerability.”

The paper was covered by the Rosenstiel School’s division of The University of Miami’s News@TheU.Biscayne Bay

Biscayne Bay is crying out for our help!

Darwyn Kelly’s October article, from True Works Publications, introduces the impacts of neglect and mistreatment of Biscayne Bay, and suggests some solutions to restoring the Bay, including taking accountability as a community.

True Works Publications is Kelly’s bi-weekly newsletter that aims to “inform millennials about the power of real estate” in order to “build generational wealth and lead happier lives.” Find all True Works Publications newsletters here.California wildfires

Climate change is central to California’s wildfires

Miller and Mach, along with their co-author Field, had an opinion piece published in Scientific American to address misleading claims about the cause of California wildfires. Several conservative columnists blamed California Democrats for exacerbating the fires, using Miller, Mach, and Field’s study as supporting evidence. This opinion piece calls out the dangerous climate denialism, and redirects readers to the clear science: climate change plays an undeniable role in the unprecedented wildfires of recent years.Havard mag photos

Controlling the global thermostat

Mach contributes to a recent featured article in Harvard Magazine that covers the work and viewpoints of climate change scholars as they research long-term challenges and actions for solutions. She emphasizes the fact that both mitigation and adaptation are essential to addressing the changes that are already occurring. Mach also comments on what will potentially be the first field experiment connected to stratospheric solar geoengineering, the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx), where she serves on the independent advisory committee that is reviewing the project.

Us flag flies in front of wildfireClimate change: An everlasting issue as 2020 election nears

Mach comments on the future of climate change leading up to the 2020 presidential election in the University of Miami’s student newspaper, The Miami Hurricane. While it is clear that the Trump administration has dismantled climate policy, remedying climate change impacts cannot happen overnight. Finding climate change solutions, or combatants, depends on how our societies can effectively implement the available solutions.Smoke from California wildfires

California’s mega fires have arrived 30 years early

Mach discusses climate change-heightened disasters, and how surprisingly impactful floods or fires shouldn’t necessarily be taking societies by surprise, given the amount of prediction scientists have given in the past. Despite the knowledge that climate change impacts are becoming more intense, the needed levels of adaptation are still lacking to manage the risks. Read the article in Scientific American.

health worker justiceFunding for antiracism and climate justice dialogues

Mach, Turek-Hankins, and Niemann are members of one of seven teams of researchers that were granted funding through the University of Miami’s Laboratory for Integrative Knowledge (U-LINK) social equity challenge. The grants were awarded with the goal to “elevate society’s awareness of racial inequities and to develop timely solutions for addressing oppression and discrimination in all its forms.” Mach, Turek-Hankins, and Niemann will join Scot Evans (School of Education and Human Development), Abigail Fleming (Environmental Justice Clinic, School of Law), Armen Henderson (Miller School of Medicine), and Margo-Fernandez Burgos (School of Education and Human Development) for their project titled, “Antiracism and climate justice dialogues to build an interdisciplinary course and research inquiry.” Read more from News@TheU.

Steve leads tourExploring the local environmental history and future

Koller was recently quoted in a local New York City newspaper about an educational tour he led around the Gowanus Canal. A Superfund site and one of the country’s most polluted waterways, the Gowanus Canal is now surrounded by a thriving neighborhood, much of which sits less than ten feet above sea level. The tour walked the extent of Superstorm Sandy’s flooding in the area, and discussed both Gowanus’s historical hydrology and a proposed rezoning which could add thousands of new residences into the 1% chance annual floodplain.

Fire caused yellow and smoke skyDiscussions of climate change impacts

Mach was recently quoted in several media articles discussing current climate impacts. The University of Miami’s News@TheU featured Mach’s personal experiences with climate change risks and the feasibility of applying managed retreat to reduce these risks. Science Friday looked into the effects of climate change colliding with a vulnerable, aging population, where Mach questions the use of the word “vulnerable.” The New York Times shared responses from two dozen climate experts on the growing risks of climate change. Mach commented on how the attention of climate change impacts may be shifting from the “most vulnerable” to the wider public.  

kraan presentation postersSharing research at the UCLA Climate Adaptation Symposium and the Tulane Engineering Forum

Kraan presented ongoing research into post-buyout relocations at the UCLA Climate Adaptation Symposium. The Climate Adaptation Research Symposium’s goal was to highlight recent social science research measuring the impacts of climate change, particularly on vulnerable populations and communities. Recordings of the symposium presentations can be found on the event’s webpage.

Kraan was also invited to speak at the opening plenary of the 20th Annual Tulane Engineering Forum. The plenary was titled "Climate Risks and Adaptation: Engineering Design with the Uncertainties of Climate Change”. Kraan’s presentation covered voluntary property buyouts as a form of managed retreat, as well as insights into sea level rise issues and solutions in South Florida. 

climate cafe posterRosenstiel School hosts climate café series

Mach, Seeteram, and Kraan were featured speakers at the third Climate Café Zoominar, "Economic and Societal Impacts of a Changing Climate." Mach shared research linking climate, security, and conflict; Seeteram discussed her framework for assessing equity outcomes in sea level rise adaptation; and Kraan presented her work on voluntary property buyouts.

The event was covered by the University of Miami's News@TheU, and a recording is available to view on YouTube

Miami king tide 2019Corps should include nature-based and equitable solutions to flooding in Miami

Koller and Seeteram provide reflections on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Back Bay Study in an op-ed published in the Miami Herald. The piece calls on the Corps to consider solutions that will promote socially and economically just outcomes. To encourage improvements, three observations are made relating to time constraints, choice of infrastructure type, and consideration of inequalities that could be reinforced by the project.

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S.O.S. for aids to navigation

Comments from Kraan were included in the Going Green column in the Biscayne Times this July. The column considers the implications of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study, that recommends various resiliency infrastructure along Biscayne Bay. Kraan suggests that different solutions should be considered, as well as the impacts the infrastructure could have on increasing inequity.

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Scientists offer roadmap for studying link between climate and armed conflict

Mach and Kraan are coauthors of a recent publication, "Directions for Research on Climate and Conflict." The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science featured the paper on their news site, here. The paper follows a 2019 analysis of the relationship between climate and organized armed conflict, and provides four main guidelines for continuing the exploration of this link.

Find the paper here, in Earth's Future, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.  

Katharine MachRecipient of the 2020 Piers Sellers Prize: recognizing exceptional climate change research

Mach was selected as the winner of the 2020 Piers Sellers Prize for her world-leading contribution to solution-foucsed, interdisciplinary climate research. The Piers Sellers Prize, granted by the Priestley International Centre for Climate, recognizes exceptional, up-and-coming research that furthers our understanding of climate change and how to address it. 

The prizegiving event featured a keynote lecture from Mach, where she discussed recent work on climate and security and managed retreat. A recording of the event can be viewed here

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Sharing fundamentals of equitable adaptation to heat in a changing climate

Turek-Hankins had the opportunity to participate in a day of learning about climate resilience with government workers and stakeholders from the City of Hallandale Beach. Experts from across South Florida shared actionable knowledge and explored with the group how the city can start to incorporate climate forward thinking into their work. Turek-Hankins led an introductory teach-in about the science of extreme heat in a changing climate, urban heat islands in South Florida, and its intersections with environmental justice. Together, they discussed the state of the knowledge of equitable adaptation to extreme heat and its implications for the City of Hallandale Beach.

symposium logoUM graduate & postdoctoral research syposium

The University of Miami Graduate School organized the second annual Graduate & Postdoctoral Research Symposium in March 2020. The symposium included posters, oral presentations, and TED-like talks featuring graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from all schools and departments of the university. More information about the event can be found at The Graduate School

Two members of the climate prep research team also presented their work. Turek-Hankins shared her work on equity-oriented adaptation to extreme heat in California through a poster. Kraan gave an oral presentation on the landscape of FEMA voluntary property buyouts and ongoing research that focusses on tracking post-buyout relocations. 

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AJ faces landscape in Puerto RicoConferences aim to find equitable responses to climate change for island communities

Working with the non-profit organizations, UPROSE and the Climate Justice Alliance, Hudson recently participated in the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s 2020 Winter Briefing in Puerto Rico, presenting on a panel. Information on the EGA Briefing can be found here. A report calling for just transformation and recovery that was released during the Briefing is discussed here.

Hudson also attended the Climate Strong Islands Dialog in Puerto Rico, a conference that explores how islands are responding to climate change. The Climate Strong Islands Declaration, which calls for widespread support of island communities as they respond to the climate crisis, was signed by more than 60 U.S. island communities, foundations, environmental organizations, companies, and academic institutions. Hudson was one of the signatories for the declaration. Coverage of the conference and declaration can be found here and here, and the Climate Strong Islands Declaration can be read here.

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Knowledge meetingActionable knowledge, education, and climate decision making

Several new studies produced by Mach and colleagues discuss how education and co-production are two important tools for implementing knowledgeable, sustainable environmental decision-making.

Read the article, Three roles for education in climate change adaptation, published in the journal, Climate Policy, here.

Find the article, Actionable knowledge and the art of engagement, published in the journal, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, here.

The research was featured on the Rosenstiel School News & Events page.

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Flood of tweets

A recently published paper in Nature Communications investigates the use of social media to monitor flooding and its related consequences more efficiently. In Quartz, Mach comments on the challenges associated with determining how communities are affected by nuisance floods, such as how tide gauges don’t provide complete information on the impacts of flooding on residents and businesses.

UM climate symposium photosMiami climate symposium

The Miami Climate Symposium 2020 provided scholars and researchers the opportunity to share the impacts of the changing climate, and how we can predict, respond to, and adapt to its risks.

Members of the climate prep research team engagement in the symposium are highlighted on the University of Miami’s News@TheU. Miller shared her research on California wildfires and local policy intervention and adaptation efforts in response to these risks. Mach presented the concept of managed retreat as an adaptive response to climate change. Kraan commented on the fascinating information the symposium’s sessions provided to attendees.

The symposium concluded with an engaging public forum, with Mach as one of the panel experts discussing the local effects of climate change and addressing community members’ comments and questions. Coverage of this event can be found on the University of Miami’s News@TheU.

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Refining national greenhouse gas inventories

Yona and colleagues highlight a path forward for improving national greenhouse gas inventories, ever critical and challenging in moving towards rigorous climate policy. Find the paper, published in Ambio: a journal of the human environment, here

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Featured on the cover of Nature Sustainability, Miller, Mach, and co-author, Field, present research on sociopolitical barriers and opportunities for use of prescribed burns to reduce wildfire risk in California. The approach utilized in the article was applauded in an editorial in the journal, and the findings have been featured in media coverage such as Stanford News, Science Daily, Interesting Engineering, The Telegraph, Popular Science, and others.

See article in Nature Sustainability here.

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Mach joined the podcast, Climate Action Now, in a discussion focusing on the climate goals of reducing carbon emissions worldwide by 50% before 2030 in order to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees. The podcast episode investigates how these highly debated, ambitious goals were reached, why it’s so important companies strive to meet them, and what impacts these companies may experience by aligning with the science.

Listen to the podcast below or here.

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Southeast Florida regional climate leadership summit

Mach and Niemann attended the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, hosted by the Southeast FL Regional Climate Change Compact. The Compact coordinates mitigation and adaptation efforts to advance responses and preparations for the effects of climate change across Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties.

See more from the summit here.

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High cost of Keys road raising makse sea rise retreat likely

Mach discusses buyouts in relation to a program taking place in Monroe county, Florida in the Miami Herald.

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UN climate report paints a bleak picture of a planet in peril

Mach comments on transformations towards zero emissions discussed in the United Nations' 2019 Emissions Gap Report in the University of Miami's News@TheU.

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On the front lines of the climate emergency

Mach's path leading to her current career at the forefront of climate change risks and adaptaion research is featured in the University of Miami's News@TheU. This profile discusses her recent publications of research on managed retreat and FEMA buyouts, her time with Stanford University and the IPCC, and her educational background at Harvard and Stanford.

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Mach led a conversation with the Underwater Homeowners Association (UHOA), discussing climate change science and policy, including risks and response options. These UHOA community meetings, established by Xavier Cortada, environmental artist and professor at the University of Miami, aim to generate awareness of climate change, and engage homeowners in addressing impacts to Floridians, such as flooding and sea level rise.

See information about the Underwater HOA here

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Mach and Kraan are authors of a recent article that examinines the role that climate variability and change play in shaping the risk of organized armed conflict. Mach comments on this climate-conflict relationship in Ensia

See original article in Nature

"As risks grow under future climate change, many more potential climate–conflict linkages become relevant and extend beyond historical experiences."

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Mach and Kraan's study on the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of 43,000 FEMA buyouts, completed with Siders and Hino, is discussed in The New York Times, NPR, FOXBusiness, Gizmodo, Grist, Vice, US News, WLRN, Miami Herald, Wired, EOS, Business Report, BloombergAP, Inverse, Sun Sentinel, Anthropocene, and UM News

See original article in Science Advances.

"For government-funded retreat in the form of buyouts, our results indicate that richer, more densely populated areas have been more likely to implement voluntary buyouts of flood-prone properties to date. [...] Within counties with buyouts, however, the bought-out properties are located in relatively poorer, less densely populated areas, also with relatively lower education levels, lower English language proficiency, and greater racial diversity."

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Mach comments on climate goals and ambitious limits on warming in Live Science.

"We know that the risks go up [as temperature rises]. We're already experiencing widespread impacts of the changing climate."

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Mach discusses managed retreat in the Tampa Bay Times.

"For some communities in some places, it’s not a question of when or if, but when, how and under what circumstances."   


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Mach’s Science policy forum on strategic and managed climate retreat, developed with Siders and Hino, has been featured in recent coverage, including: New York Times (here and here)International Business TimesGristABCVision TimesHavard Magazine, and Stanford Woods.

See original article in Science.

"Retreat is an adaptive option at the intersect of changing disaster risk, market forces, societal investments, and community well-being."

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