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NEDTalk- Climate, Flooding, and Money

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September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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OneNOAA Science Seminar Series

Title:  NEDTalk- Climate, Flooding, and Money

Speaker: Jim Blackburn, Baker Institute Faculty Scholar/Co-Director of SSPEED, Rice University

Sponsor:  NOAA NESDIS NEDTalk.

Seminar Contact:  lyric.prince@noaa.gov

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More info on DataFest and NEDTalks: https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/nedtalks


Date/Time: September 28, 2 PM EDT

Abstract:  Mr. Blackburn’s topic is “Climate, Flooding, and Money”, and he will present a survey of his recent work including the creation of a proposed U.S. standard for soil carbon storage transactions and trying to understand how Houston will (or will not) adapt to the flooding challenges represented by climate change and the “big one”.  This work is in association with the Severe Storm (SSPEED) Center and the Baker Institute at Rice University in Houston.  In this presentation, Mr. Blackburn will discuss both difficulties of and strategies to improve communications and thinking regarding climate change which is a central element in both the evolving carbon standard and flooding in Houston.  Among other things, Mr. Blackburn has discovered that discussing monetary implications of climate can help move the conversation forward, particularly in the area of carbon emission reduction and storage. 

Bio: Jim Blackburn is a professor in the practice of environmental law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University, teaching courses in sustainable development and environmental law. He is also a practicing environmental lawyer with the Blackburn & Carter law firm in Houston and a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute. At Rice, he serves as the co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center and as director of the undergraduate minor in energy and water sustainability. At the SSPEED Center, Blackburn has been responsible for the development of landscape-scale green space solutions for surge damage mitigation, including the Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area, a web-based ecological services exchange, and structural alternatives. He is the author of “The Book of Texas Bays” (Texas A&M University Press, 2004), which focuses on the environmental health of bays in Texas and efforts undertaken to protect them. He has received various public service awards, including the Barbara C. Jordan Community Advocate Award from Texas Southern University in 2007, the National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation in 2001, and the Bob Eckhardt Lifetime Achievement Award for coastal preservation efforts from the Texas General Land Office in 1998. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary membership by the American Institute of Architects for legal work associated with urban quality of life issues in Houston. Blackburn received a B.A. in history and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in environmental science from Rice University.

Recordings: Webinar will be posted on NOAA Satellites’ YouTube

(Jim Blackburn, The Baker Institute/SSPEED, Rice University)



September 28

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm