The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

US AID Adaptation Talk: Climate Information and Decision Processes

For our discussion this month, our speakers will be Lisa Goddard (Director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), a senior research scientist at the IRI, and an adjunct associate professor within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Columbia University) and Jim Buizer (Professor of Climate Adaptation in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Program in the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona). Their presentation will focus on their work on the Integrating Climate Information and Decision Processes for Regional Climate Resilience project. Please find their presentation abstract and bios below. Read More...

Recorded talk: NASA SERVIR Program

This is a recorded talk given to the US AID adaptation community on NASA’s SERVIR program. SERVIR is USAID's flagship science and technology partnership with NASA with the objective of building capacity of government decision-makers to utilize earth observations and geospatial technologies for development. The program is focused on decision-support tools and training programs that help countries improve climate resilience and reduce emissions from land use. SERVIR operates through partnerships with regional centers in Central America, Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Himalayas, with SERVIR Mekong launching this fall. The partnership connects satellite data to climate change decision-making, and science and technology solutions connect space to village. Explore the SERVIR product catalogue at

Future Earth: Research Pathways Toward Global Development

Future Earth is a 10 year research initiative with the goal to meet the mounting challenges of global environmental change and the transition to global sustainability by harnessing the capacity of the global research community across multiple disciplines and engaging with a wide array of stakeholders. Future Earth intends to operate at the cutting edge of the science-policy interface while training the next generation of integrated thinkers and doers on global sustainability and human wellbeing, particularly in developing countries. Sustainability challenges are global in scope, but vary with regional social and environmental conditions. For this reason, the Future Earth Secretariat must represent the global community and work effectively at multiple scales. In order to provide regional flexibility and legitimacy, buffer the risks of a single point of failure, and maximize the ability to engage stakeholders and funders, we are developing a decentralized but strongly coordinated structure for the Future Earth Secretariat.

The discussion will be held on Thursday, September 18th from 4:00pm-5:30pm at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.

To join us remotely:
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Conference code - 7720928816

Resilient Cities: Invited talk at Cranfield University, UK

Annual Lorch Lecture - Flood Resilient Cities

Cranfield University invites you to the Annual Lorch Lecture, this year the topic is Flood Resilient Cities given by Professor David Balmforth of MWH Global. The Annual Lorch Lecture is Cranfield Water Science’s prestige event which is funded from our endowment from the Lorch Foundation, a Charitable Trust founded to support and promote education and research in the field of water purification and related sciences. The foundation was established in 1979 by Dr Walter and Dr Diana Lorch who established our Institute at Cranfield University and the laboratory deionised water company Elga. Read More...