Primary Convener: Heather Lazrus, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States
Conveners: Julie Maldonado, US Global Change Research Program, Washington D.C., DC, United States, Rajul Pandya, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, United States and Theresa Dardar, First People’s Conservation Council, Terrebonne Parish, LA, United States
Education, Natural Hazards, and Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Around the world, Indigenous communities are experiencing the effects of a changing climate including more extreme weather events, deepening their vulnerabilities to disastrous outcomes. At the same time, many Indigenous communities possess traditional knowledge that can provide adaptive capacity to reduce disaster risks and alleviate vulnerability. Collaborations in which traditional knowledge and technical scientific knowledge, both driven by observations, co-inform one another can lead to deeper insights into physical processes behind climate-driven hazards. Additionally, collaboration can situate scientific knowledge in ways that elevate community-based decision making so that adaptation efforts support community rights and goals. This session convenes participants from several programs in the United States that foster collaboration between scientific and Indigenous communities predicated on the premise that drawing from a diverse array of backgrounds leads to more and better solutions to adaptation challenges. Speakers will address the processes, methods, and benefits of Indigenous-scientific collaboration.