GC030:
Environmental Stressors as a Threat to National Security





Session ID#: 25690

Session Description:
Water insecurity, crop failures, deforestation, and emerging diseases present risks to the security of Nations, from social upheavals, heath care overburden, catastrophic famine, conflict inceptions, to complete state failure. The 2014 Ebola outbreak showed how environmental factors lead a virus from animals, to a small village, and on to major urban centers. Thus, creating a catastrophic chain of events impacting the economies of several African countries. We seek scientific research, conducted across the globe, focused on identifying, describing, and quantifying environment conditions that pose a security threat to a Nation and its people using ground observations, modeling, and/or remote sensing. Of interest is research that identifies emerging environmental threats, including stressors that cause conflict, instability, or economic collapse and solutions to minimize threats to nations and improve broader regional and global security through system resilience. We welcome all multidisciplinary contributions between human geography, social and political sciences, and environmental sciences.
Primary Convener:  Anthony L Nguy-Robertson, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of Geomatics, St. Louis, MO, United States
Conveners:  Charon M Birkett, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD, United States, Mark D. Svoboda, Univ of NE/Lincoln-Nat'l Rsrcs, Lincoln, NE, United States and Robert Louis Tetrault, USDA Washington DC, Washington, DC, United States

Cross-Listed:
  • GC - Global Environmental Change
  • H - Hydrology
  • NH - Natural Hazards
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Augustin Vintzileos, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD, United States
Shengda Zhang, The University of Hong Kong, Department of Geography, Hong Kong, China
Anthony L Nguy-Robertson, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of Geomatics, St. Louis, MO, United States and Sebastien Dartevelle, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of Geomatics, Saint Louis, MO, United States
Megan Elizabeth Rohrer, George Washington University, Geography, Washington, DC, United States and Shawana P Johnson, Global Marketing Insights, Inc, Cleveland, OH, United States
Jesse Bell, United States
Katie McGaughey1, Bryan Purcell2, Robert Louis Tetrault1 and Christopher Wasko3, (1)USDA Washington DC, Washington, DC, United States, (2)USDA, Washington, DC, United States, (3)NGA, Springfield, VA, United States
Daniela Moody1, Steven Patrick Brumby1, Rick Chartrand1, Ryan Keisler1, Mark Mathis1, Carly Marie Beneke1, David Nicholaeff1, Samuel Skillman1, Michael S Warren2 and Justin Poehnelt1, (1)Descartes Labs, Inc., Los Alamos, NM, United States, (2)College Station, TX, United States