Sub-Tropical and Tropical Coastal Resilience:
Social, Economic, and Physical Adaptations in South Florida and the Caribbean
Sub-Tropical and Tropical Coastal Resilience:
Social, Economic, and Physical Adaptations in South Florida and the Caribbean
Sub-Tropical and Tropical Coastal Resilience:
Social, Economic, and Physical Adaptations in South Florida and the Caribbean
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Sub-Tropical and Tropical Coastal Resilience:
Social, Economic, and Physical Adaptations in South Florida and the Caribbean
Sub-Tropical and Tropical Coastal Resilience:
Social, Economic, and Physical Adaptations in South Florida and the Caribbean

This virtual symposium will explore lessons garnered from the Caribbean and South Florida realities and their applicability across the region and beyond. Bringing together social and physical scientists, economists, scholars, and leaders from around the region, this symposium will explore the interconnected and salient climate-induced or climate-aggravated aspects directly affecting people in the region. The goal is to better appreciate the associations between climate stressors, such as physical, societal, and economic vulnerabilities, and climate shocks, such as extreme weather events, as well as the correlated challenges and opportunities each presents.

Mobility, in this context, refers to the movements and motions that occur within a society. This symposium shall look at particular sub-topics, namely migration, tourism, economies, transportation, as well as gentrification, property values, and real estate development; each of which are taking on new forms, due to the impacts of climate change. Mobility, thus broadly refers to the transformations that take place in the people, practices, and places as a result of a changing climate.
Metabolisms, within this framework, refers to the underlying processes, which seed and sustain the ‘terroir’ of a place and its society. The related sub-topics are namely identity, equity, wellness, knowledge, as well as the health, food, and natural systems relied upon for wellbeing. These metabolisms maintain the life of a society, and if due to climatological variabilities or changes, any should falter, society as a whole experiences harmful effects. 

Resilience planning and actions enable a society to manage existing or emerging stressors and to recover from an extreme weather event; in either case, advancing and flourishing. Resilience both encourages and emerges from new innovations, patterns, attitudes, and interactions that respond to the necessities of an evolving climate, and in tandem addresses societal challenges and opportunities for betterment. This symposium shall look at issues such as social resilience in communities facing the greatest challenges from climate changes, as well as cities, buildings, and other systems necessarily transforming to withstand climate impacts through design, policy, and assessments.
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