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Monday, October 15, 2012

ICGC Brown Bag "Developing a Theory of Urban Drought Resilience"

Professor Lawrence Baker presents "Developing a Theory of Urban Drought Resilience," as part of the ICGC Brown Bag series. This event is Friday, October 19th, 2012 from 12:00 noon in 537 Heller Hall.

ICGC Brown Bag
Friday, October 19, 2012 12:00 noon, 537 Heller Hall
"Developing a Theory of Urban Drought Resilience"
Presented by: Lawrence Baker
Professor, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Global changes are increasing the threat of devastating urban drought. Specifically, these drivers are global climate change, growing urban populations, and increasing per capita water demand. Surprisingly, very little research has been conducted to understand urban drought. Building on several workshops held by the ICGC water group, Lawrence Baker has been thinking about a research agenda built on the concept of ecosystem resilience, but applied to urban systems. Briefly, four hypotheses are: drought resilience depends upon (1) antecedent conditions; (2) appropriate scaling of governance in time and space; and (3) capacity to generate feedback; and (4) capacity to adapt. Developing and testing a theory of urban drought resilience would require a transdisciplinary approach - perhaps a challenge for ICGC? For the complete Fall 2012 ICGC brown bag schedule, go to ICGC.umn.edu
Click here for the attached flyer.Lawrence Baker-1.pdf