Seasons of stress: developing a comprehensive framework for planning and responding to climate change impacts.

November 8, 2012 • Filed under: News — melanie.rohr

Join this week’s WERC seminar, Friday, November 9, 2012, as Harry Penn presents observations from his recent field trip to the Bristol Bay region and discusses the impact and management challenge of seasonal stress on rural community infrastructure.

Friday Seminar Series

  • What: Seasons of stress: developing a comprehensive framework for planning and responding to climate change impacts
  • Who: Harry Penn
  • When: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 09
  • Where: 531 Duckering

View across the ocean at pebble beach showing coastal erosion observed at a wastewater outfall in the Nushagak River, Dillingham AK

Managing seasonal stresses on community infrastructure is a challenge of significant concern for Bristol Bay and other regions of Alaska. Seasonal stress refers to the interactions amongst community needs, climate change impacts, subsistence activities, and the practicalities of life in rural Alaska. This study investigates the mechanisms by which seasonal issues create challenges and opportunities for communities, and develops a framework for visualizing seasonal stresses to aid in community planning and response to change. In this seminar, I will discuss my initial observations with respect to the seasonality of stressors to the Bristol Bay community (e.g., coastal erosion) as well as the seasonality-related components of community planning for issues such as water and wastewater management, and describe how I plan to develop a more accurate understanding of the role and importance of seasonality.

Image Above: Coastal erosion observed at a wastewater outfall in the Nushagak River, Dillingham AK

(Photo courtesy of Harry Penn)