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America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

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A changing climate presents humanity with only one option: adapt. Join your host, Doug Parsons for America's leading podcast on climate change - America Adapts! Each episode, Doug sits down with scientists, activists, policymakers, and journalists to discuss the tough questions facing this country a… read more


Flood Management: Nature Based Approaches and International Collaborations

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In episode 81 of America Adapts - the third in a 4-part flooding series sponsored by World Wildlife Fund - Doug Parsons attends the Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) Symposium in Santa Cruz, California. The Symposium was hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering, with disaster and flooding experts participating from all over the world. Doug and Anita Van Breda, of World Wildlife Fund, interviewed these experts on topics ranging from nature based solutions, community engagement, to the history the Army Corps. We also visited some field sites to learn about on the ground adaptation efforts in the San Francisco Bay area. 

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Topics covered:

  • The role of Nature based solutions in flood risk management.
  • The critical role of community and stakeholder engagement.
  • History of flood management with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Collaborating with international partners on nature based solutions to flooding.
  • International examples of disasters and community engagement.
  • On the ground adaptation examples of sea level rise mitigation.
  • The “how tos” of community engagement.
  • Developing guidelines for nature based solutions to climate change and flooding.

Experts in this episode: Anita Van Breda, WWF Dr. Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Enda Murphy, Senior Marine Infrastructure Research Engineer, National Research Council Canada Dr. Cath Brooks, Senior Engagement Adviser, Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency, United Kingdom Dr. Maria Dillard, Research Social Scientist with Community Resilience Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology Executive Producer Anita Van Breda, World Wildlife Fund

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