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Building Capacity for Adapting to Climate Change

Thursday, March 30, 2017
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium

Dr. Maria Carmen Lemos, Professor and Associate Dean for Research School of Natural Resources and Environment with the University of Michigan will give a talk entitled “Building Capacity for Adapting to Climate Change” for the University of Connecticut’s Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on Nature and the Environment. The talk will take place on Thursday, March 30, 4 pm at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium, at UConn. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Around the world, devastation of climate-related impacts has undermined livelihoods, threatened ecosystems, and stretched the capacity of sociopolitical institutions. Droughts, storms, and floods have often caused serious agricultural losses and human suffering: images of famines in Africa, human displacement in the Caribbean, and water-covered settlements in Bangladesh illustrate just some of the disastrous impacts of climate on vulnerable populations. In recent years, the possibility of more frequent and extreme events as a result of climate change has fueled new avenues of inquiry to understand and address the vulnerability of human and social systems to these events. As adaptation becomes prominent on the social and governmental agendas of both rich and poor countries, we need to understand better the factors that increase or constrain their adaptive capacity (AC), or the ability of different systems and agents to respond and recover from climate impact. Such an improved understanding is particularly important for less developed regions where these negative impacts will likely interact with and exacerbate both existing vulnerabilities and development measures design to address them. This talk focuses on this intersection in Northeast Brazil, where in the wake of a national anti-poverty program, a recent drought has exposed the difficult relationship between poverty and vulnerability. 

The Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series brings leading scholars and scientists to the University of Connecticut to present public lectures on nature and the environment. The lectures are open to the public and do not require registration. For additional information please call 860.486.4460 or visit


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