SWAF Day 1

Day one featured an interactive experience exploring the Connecting Wildlands and Communities project, a model for advancing transformational adaptation through interdisciplinary collaboration to support resilience for ecosystems and local communities.

Welcome to SWAF 2021

9:00 AM PT

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Climate Science Alliance Executive Director Amber Pairis opened the 2021 Southwest Adaptation Forum with welcoming remarks.

Forum Blessing

9:05 AM PT

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Mr. Richard Bugbee (Payoomkawichum) began the 2021 Southwest Adaptation Forum with a welcoming and blessing.

On the Importance of Connecting Wildlands and Communities

9:10 AM PT

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Megan Jennings – Conservation Ecologist and Co-Director of San Diego State University's Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management – introduced the Connecting Wildlands and Communities project and framed the day's sessions.

Connecting Wildlands and Communities Project Overview

9:20 AM PT

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The Connecting Wildlands and Communities team provided a brief overview of the project scope, goals, and results.

FIRE: Research and Applications

9:30 AM PT

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The Fire Team demonstrated data products, followed by a live panel discussion about research applications for local climate adaptation from both researcher and practitioner perspectives.

Stretch Break

10:40 AM - 10:50 AM PT

WATER: Research and Applications

10:50 AM PT

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The Water Team demonstrated data products, followed by a live panel discussion about research applications for local climate adaptation from both researcher and practitioner perspectives.

Lunch Break

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM PT

CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL LANDSCAPES: Research and Applications

12:30 PM PT

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The Climate Change and Natural Landscapes Team demonstrated data products, followed by a live panel discussion about research applications for local climate adaptation from both researcher and practitioner perspectives.

Stretch Break

1:40 PM - 1:50 PM PT

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS: Bridging Boundaries for Climate Adaptation

1:50 PM PT

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The Planning Team and members of the Technical Advisory Group shared how they have been working to incorporate the CWC data and tools into their planning efforts in Southern California. A live panel discussion followed, with practitioners from across the southwest sharing how they're integrating science into climate adaptation.

Closing Remarks

3:00 PM PT

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Megan Jennings concluded an exciting day of discussions and gave us an idea of what's next. 

Stretch Break

3:15 PM - 3:25 PM PT

Southwestern Climate Showcase

3:25 PM PT

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Amanda Leinberger of the Southwest Practitioners Adaptation Network unveiled their new networking tool. Attendees were welcomed to the SWAF Climate Showcase which featured opportunities to engage, network, and share.