The dynamics of vulnerability: what droughts and flooding can teach us about adapting to climate change

Seminar by Prof Lisa Dilling, University of Colorado.

13 June 2017, 3pm
Gottmann Room, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University

Cities in the U.S. have been adapting to drought and flooding for many years, implementing a combination of mechanisms to cope with climate and water variability and (often) increasing population. In this seminar, Prof Lisa Dilling argues that these experiences help us to understand how society will engage the challenge of adapting to climate change. Data from drought management and flooding show that adaptation to climate variability can shift vulnerability in unexpected ways. This suggests that there is a need for greater engagement with various publics on the tradeoffs involved in adaptation action and for improving analysis and communication about the complicated nature of the dynamics of vulnerability.

About the speaker
Lisa Dilling is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and a member of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is currently on sabbatical at the University of Oxford’s Institute for Science, Innovation and Society as a Leverhulme Visiting Professor.