EnviroThursday - “Accelerating Climate Resilience in Minnesota and Beyond”
Speaker: Dr. Heidi Roop, Assistant Professor of Climate Science and Climate Change and Adaptation Extension Specialist at the University of Minnesota
Building regional climate resilience requires increased collaboration, regional coordination, diverse approaches and solutions, locally relevant and useful climate information, and targeted investments in education and capacity building. This talk will briefly summarize observed and expected climate impacts in Minnesota and will share how a group of researchers, professionals, and students at Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP) are working together to support Minnesota’s ability to adapt to these changes. We will also explore how we can all help to catalyze the action needed to confront the many challenges of climate change.
Dr. Heidi Roop is also the Director of the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP). Her research and Extension programs combine cutting-edge climate science and effective science communication to increase the use and integration of climate change information in decision-making at a range of scales—from city and state to national and international levels. Her forthcoming book, Every Action Matters, explores everyday ways we can all contribute to collective and individual climate action. Her climate science research takes her around the world where she participates in a range of projects from Antarctica and the mountains of New Zealand to the shores of Lake Superior. In addition to her appointments at the University of Minnesota, she also is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington and serves as expert advisor to a range of organizations and agencies as they seek to build resilience to climate change.