GC023:
Confronting the Changing Threats to the Security of Energy, Water, and Land Resource-Systems


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Session ID#: 26191

Session Description:
Changes in environmental conditions are important stresses on the security of the energy grid, forestry, agriculture, and water resources. Natural environmental stressors embody climate, meteorological, and natural hazards, and manifest themselves in many ways to include: flooding, heat waves, wildfires, landslides, earthquakes, more frequent and/or intense extreme events, and reduced freshwater availability and quality. The stress from these hazards may be amplified by, or amplify, compounding human-system (or built environment) stressors, such as changes to our landscapes, land use, hardscapes (i.e. buildings, roadways, etc.), demographics, population, socio-economics, and aging infrastructure. Interlinked stressors and systems may add complexity to understanding and raise critical challenges for risk assessment and solutions. This session solicits submissions that identify, quantify, and attribute changing risks and threats to the security of our energy, water, land resource-systems over the coming decades.  We encourage research that identifies risks and risk-reduction strategies that are robust against inherent uncertainties.
Primary Convener:  C Adam Schlosser, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Cambridge, MA, United States
Convener:  Leon Clarke, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, College Park, MD, United States

Cross-Listed:
  • B - Biogeosciences
  • H - Hydrology
  • NH - Natural Hazards
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Index Terms:

0402 Agricultural systems [BIOGEOSCIENCES]
0495 Water/energy interactions [BIOGEOSCIENCES]
1630 Impacts of global change [GLOBAL CHANGE]
4328 Risk [NATURAL HAZARDS]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Robin L Newmark1, Charles J Vorosmarty2, Ariel Miara2, Stuart Cohen3, Jordan Macknick3, Yinong Sun3, Fabio Corsi4, Balazs M Fekete5 and Vincent Carroll Tidwell6, (1)NREL, Golden, CO, United States, (2)Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY, Environmental Sciences Initiative, New York, NY, United States, (3)National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, Golden, CO, United States, (4)CUNY City College of New York, New York, NY, United States, (5)CUNY-Environ Crossroads Initi, New York, NY, United States, (6)Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, United States
Jennifer W Telling, University of Houston, Houston, TX, United States, Benjamin A. Brooks, California Geological Survey Menlo Park, Menlo Park, CA, United States, Craig L Glennie, National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, Houston, TX, United States, Todd L Ericksen, U.S. Geological Survey, Earthquake Science Center, Menlo Park, CA, United States and Noah Knowles, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Benjamin S Felzer, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, United States, Mingkai Jiang, West Sidney University, West Sidney, PA, Australia, Rui Cheng, Cal Tech, Pasedena, CA, United States and Carol R Ember, HRAF, New Haven, CT, United States
Rabindra Pokhrel1, Luis Enrique Ortiz1, Nazario D. Ramírez-Beltran2 and Jorge E. González3, (1)CUNY City College of New York, New York, NY, United States, (2)University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 00680, Mayaguez, PR, United States, (3)Department of Mechanical Engineering & NOAA-CREST Center, The City College of New York, NY 10031, New York, NY, United States
C Adam Schlosser, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Cambridge, MA, United States, Xiang Gao, MIT, Cambridge, MA, United States and Eric Morgan, Lincoln Lab MIT, Cambridge, MA, United States
Pierre Dens Fils1, Jitendra Kumar2, Nathan Collier2, Forrest M. Hoffman3, Min Xu2 and Whitney Forbes4, (1)University of Connecticut, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Storrs, CT, United States, (2)Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, United States, (3)Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Climate Change Science Institute, Oak Ridge, TN, United States, (4)University of Tennessee, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Knoxville, TN, United States
Charles J Vorosmarty1,2, Ariel Miara1,2, Jordan Macknick3, Robin L Newmark4, Stuart Cohen4, Yinong Sun4, Vincent Carroll Tidwell5, Fabio Corsi1,2, Jerry M Melillo6, Balazs M Fekete2, Alexander A Proussevitch7, Stanley Glidden8 and Sangwon Suh9, (1)Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY, Environmental Sciences Initiative, New York, NY, United States, (2)CUNY City College of New York, New York, NY, United States, (3)National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, Golden, CO, United States, (4)National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, United States, (5)Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, United States, (6)Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (7)University of New Hampshire, Durham, United States, (8)University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, United States, (9)University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, United States