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Tuesday, January 15 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Community resilience for earth science data institutions and place-based communities

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Session Abstract:
This is the first session of our new Community Resilience ESIP cluster. We aim to introduce a broad landscape of community resilience from an earth science data perspective, as well as gain an understanding of the session participants’ interests/experiences with community resilience. The session includes a series of short presentations and small break out groups to gather feedback from participants. Overall, the session examines how data and information can be a catalyst for overcoming social barriers in communities to help them realize and work collaboratively towards broadly appreciated, overarching goals, like the enhanced sustainability of their food and/or energy system. Place-based community resilience examples include the assessment and mitigation of community vulnerability across coastal communities and tribal groups. Institutional community resilience examples from governmental organizations, NGOs, and Private Sector entities demonstrate how efforts are best aligned in the context of their long established missions. We explore how the ESIP Federation can step into a leading role toward more effective and efficient use of the Nation’s earth science data and information within a community resilience context.

Session Takeaways (post-meeting):
1) Data can help overcome social barriers to resilience measures and also drive decision making. GIS is a common and useful format.
2) There are challenges to creating complete and robust data sets to drive resilience. This can be due to proprietary constraints, siloing issues, and social barriers. More work is needed to overcome these challenges.
3) At-risk and front line communities are especially in need of good hazards data and need help to ensure it meets their needs.

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Rupu Gupta

Researcher, New Knowledge Organization Ltd.
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Arika Virapongse

Lead Consultant & Founder, Middle Path EcoSolutions, LLC
Arika specializes in helping clients understand the needs of their community and position themselves better as a trusted source. Middle Path EcoSolutions supports program evaluation, community development, information synthesis, and thought leadership for organizations.

Tuesday January 15, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
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