GC41D:
Extreme Climatic Events and Natural Disasters in Amazonia: How to Adapt and Mitigate? Posters


Session ID#: 8869

Session Description:
In the past ten years,  Amazonia -- home to half of the world’s tropical rainforests and one of the heat engines of the planet -- has experienced two major droughts considered 'once-in-a-century' events and several record floods that affected human settlements as well as regional ecosystems. The prolonged droughts induced tree mortality and facilitated extensive fires in old-growth rainforests that contributed to extreme smoke concentrations over parts of South America. The 2014 Madeira River and the 2015 Acre River floods generated damages on the order of hundreds of millions of dollars in southwestern Amazonia alone.  Regional governments and civil society are seeking adaptive measures to these increasingly frequent extreme events as well as means to mitigate them.   This session will bring together natural and social scientists to discuss the implications of recent research for public policies of adaptation to and mitigation of extreme events and natural disasters in Amazonia.
Primary Conveners:  Irving Foster Brown, Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA, United States; Federal University of Acre, MECO/PZ, Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil
Conveners:  Jose A Marengo, Cemaden, Sao Jose dos Campos, SP, Brazil, Sassan S Saatchi, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Carbon and Climate Group, Pasadena, CA, United States and Luiz EOC Aragão, INPE National Institute for Space Research, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil
Chairs:  Irving Foster Brown, Federal University of Acre, MECO/PZ, Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil; Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA, United States, Sassan S Saatchi, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Carbon and Climate Group, Pasadena, CA, United States and Jose A Marengo, INPE National Institute for Space Research, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil
OSPA Liaisons:  Irving Foster Brown, Federal University of Acre, MECO/PZ, Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil; Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA, United States

Cross-Listed:
  • H - Hydrology
  • NH - Natural Hazards
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Co-Sponsor(s):
  • IGBP: International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme -

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Jose A Marengo, CEMADEN, São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil
Irving Foster Brown, Federal University of Acre, MECO/PZ, Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil
Naomi Schwartz1, Maria Uriarte2, Ruth S DeFries2, Victor H Gutierrez-Velez2, Katia Fernandes3 and Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez4, (1)Columbia University of New York, Palisades, NY, United States, (2)Columbia University, New York, NY, United States, (3)International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, United States, (4)Columbia University, Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability, New York, NY, United States
Patricia FERNANDA Pinho, USP University of Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Maria de Nazareth Mello Araújo, Governo do Estado do Acre, Rio Branco, Brazil
Sassan S Saatchi, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Carbon and Climate Group, Pasadena, CA, United States
George Luiz Pereira Santos, Defensa Civil Rio Branco, Rio Branco, Brazil
Rodrigo C. D. Paiva1, Mino Sorribas1, John M Melack2, Charles Jones3, Leila V Carvalho3, Juan Martin Bravo1, Edward Beighley4, Bruce Forsberg5 and Marcos Heil Costa6, (1)UFRGS Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Institute of Hydraulic Research, Porto Alegre, Brazil, (2)University of California Santa Barbara, Marine Science Institute, Santa Barbara, CA, United States, (3)University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, United States, (4)Northeastern University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Boston, MA, United States, (5)Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), Manaus, Brazil, (6)UFV Federal University of Vicosa, Vicosa, Brazil
Liang Xu, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States, Sassan S Saatchi, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Carbon and Climate Group, Pasadena, CA, United States and Yan Yang, Boston University, Boston, MA, United States
Yan Yang1,2, Sassan S Saatchi3, Liang Xu2, Yifan Yu4, Ranga B Myneni5, Yuri Knyazikhin1 and Sungho CHOI6, (1)Boston University, Boston, MA, United States, (2)University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (3)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Carbon and Climate Group, Pasadena, CA, United States, (4)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (5)Boston University, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston, MA, United States, (6)Boston University, Earth & Environment, Boston, MA, United States
Ning Zeng, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD, United States