2020 Workshop

iCAR 2020

iCAR Phase VI: Tech Fix: How can technology help us investigate, communicate and solve climate problems and foster resilience?

Workshop Scope: How can/do we use tech to examine and understand the problem, how can/do we use tech to present the problem, and how can we use tech to deal with / solve the problem? Problems we are interested in includes social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change, extreme weather events and resilience. Click here for Details.

Event Details: November 12 & 13 , 9:00 am - 4:45 pm - See agenda for more details.
Format: Virtual prerecorded and live sessions
Fees: FREE
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Agenda: Click here to download
Instructions to Join Meeting: Detailed instructions to attend a Zoom meeting
Speaker Bio: Click here to read biographies of our speakers

iCAR workshop ETA Update:

While the November 12 and 13th iCAR annual workshop will proceed as planned, please be aware that tropical storm Eta is in the Gulf of Mexico and may come ashore near USF late this week. It is always a possibility that we will lose power due to Eta. If a power loss disrupts the hosting of the workshop, we will post an update as soon as possible.

Schedule  and Session Access Links at a Glance

Day 1: November 12, 2020

9:00 am - 11:00 am

9:00 am - WELCOME by Thomas Frazer, Dean, College of Marine Science, USF

Overview of iCAR: Barnali Dixon, iCAR Executive Director
Overview of the Workshop: Rebecca Johns, iCAR Director of Education and Outreach

9:15 am - Keynote Address: Vision of Resilience and Adaptation

• Rob Moore (Natural Resources Defense Council)

10:00 am - Panel Discussion: Technology Applications for Climate Change Modeling and Resiliance

Thomas Wall (Engineering & Applied Resilience Argonne Lab) Climate Modeling
Shannon Carroll (AT&T) Overview of AT&T’s Initiatives on Climate Change and Resilience
Andrea Brands (AT&T) AT&T Foundations’ Efforts to Build Partnership to Promote Resilience

11:00 am - 11:15 am: Break

11:15 am - Noon

11:15 am - Keynote Address: NASA Disasters Program: Risk Reduction and Resilience Applications

  • David Borges (NASA Applied Sciences Disasters Program)

Mark Rains (USF), moderator

Noon - 1:00 pm: Break

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

1:00 pm - Panel Discussion: Role of Social Media in Resiliency and Disaster Response

Neil Dufty (Molino Stewart Pty Ltd, Australia) Using Social Media to Build Community Disaster Resilience
• Can Aydin (Dokuz Eylul Universi, Turkey) Improving Disaster Resilience Using Mobile Based Disaster Management System
Amir Forati & Rina Ghose (UWM) Examining Environmental Inequalities Through Social Media Analysis: Case Study Hurricane IRMA

Amber Boulding (City of St. Pete, EMS), moderator

2:00 pm - Panel Discussion: Technology-enhanced Community Engagement and Data Viewing Tools & Strategies

Barnali Dixon & Rebecca Johns (USF- iCAR) Community Resiliency Information System (CRIS)
Monica Schoch-Spana (Johns Hopkins University) Self-Assessment Toolkit
Margaret Palmsten (USGS) Total Water Level and Coastal Change Forecast Viewer

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

3:30 pm - Panel Discussion: Technology Applications: Tracking Sea Level Rise, Extreme Wet Weather, and Sanitary Sewer Overflows

Steven Meyers (USF) Hindcasting/Forecasting Future SSOs
Marcus Beck (TBEP) Open Science Tools to Inform Utilities Operators
• Kira Barerra (St. Pete) Flow Metering, Dogs, & Lateral Rebates
Sara Isaac (Marketing for Change ) Private Lateral Maintenance Behavior Change Campaign
Maya Burke (TBEP), moderator

4:30 pm - Adjournment

Day 2: November 13, 2020

 9:00 am - 10:45 am

9:00 am - Welcome to Day 2

Overview of the Workshop: Rebecca Johns, iCAR Director of Education and Outreach

9:05 am - Keynote Address: Review of Smart Technologies and Geospatially Integrated Technologies to Assist Communities Plan, Prepare and Adapt and be Resilient

Bandana Kar (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

10:00 am - Panel Discussion: Smart Technologies and Communities

Phillip Bane (Smart Cities Council), Overview of Smart Cities and Smart Technologies
Cassandra Borchers (PSTA) Smart Transit and Evacuation Plan

10:45 am - 11:00 am: Break

11:00 am - Noon

11:00 am - Panel Discussion: Ensuring Access: Opportunities and Limitations through Technology

Alison Barlow (St. Pete Innovation District) Digital Inclusion and Inequity
Sharon Wright (City of St. Pete) Desktop Environmental Justice
• Brother John Muhammad (Childs Park) Community-based Initiative for Environmental Justice

Noon - 1:00 pm: Break

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

1:00 pm - Panel Discussion: Regional Resilience Action Plan Report from TBRPC

Cara Serra (TBRPC) Regional Resilience Action Plan and Metroquest
Simone Chapman (TBRPC) Integrating Equity Goals into the RRAP and the REACH

Polling by Cara Serra

1:30 pm - Integrative Coastal Vulnerability Assessment and Modeling

Steven Fernandez (USF) King Tide Modeling

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Break

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

2:30 pm - Panel Discussion: Technology for Coastal Assessment, Climate Solutions & Fostering Resilience 

• Alvan Karlin & Raymond Miller Jr. (Dewberry) New Technologies for Coastal Topobathymetric Lidar Data Collection
• Jeff Gangai (Dewberry) New Technologies for Coastal Storm Surge Modeling
• Siddharth Pandey & Raymond Miller Jr. (Dewberry) Using Advanced GIS Technologies for Post-disaster Recovery
• Sue Kriebel (City of Virginia Beach) Sea Level Rise in Virginia Beach

3:45 pm - Breakout Session and SWOT Analysis: Status of information flow and connection between technology use and resilience at the community level

• Evacuation planning
• Infrastructural Issues (Including Power Restoration, Cooling Rooms, Heat Island)
• Environmental and health hazards
Bandana Kar (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), moderator

4:30 pm - Closing Remarks By Barnali Dixon, Executive Director of iCAR