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Mar 15, 2021

In episode 132 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Andrew Rumbach, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University and faculty fellow at the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center. The two discuss the similarities (and differences) between the two fields. Andrew shares research, looking at historic resources vulnerabilities to climate change and we learn the unique role mobile homes play in determining a community’s overall resistance to climate and weather threats. That and much more!

Topics covered:

  • What is hazard mitigation.
  • How it relates (and doesn’t) to climate adaptation.
  • Historic preservation and hazard mitigation and case studies.
  • Research on flooding in Colorado and the risk to historic resources.
  • Why does there appear to be a division between hazard mitigation and climate adaptation?
  • Why does hazard mitigation ignore extreme heat? Or does it?
  • How does emergency management fit in all this?
  • How mobile homes are a canary in the coal mine if you’re doing adaptation correctly.
  • The potential use of FEMA grants to help provide educational opportunities for those populations most impacted by hazards.

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