Managed Retreat + New York State

2016 - 2017

The aim of the Buyout program was to buy out storm and flood-impacted homes at pre-storm value of homeowners seeking to move, assist them in relocating out of the floodplain and areas deemed high risk of future flooding, and restore the natural wetlands in those areas to mitigate future storm and flood impacts. In the Acquisitions program we bought out homeownders and then sold the properties for flood-proof redevelopment on the private market.

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Cities + GHG Accounting

2015 - 2016

At ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability I worked on our campaigns to mobilize cities and counties toward COP 21 in Paris. I worked directly on our Greenhouse Gas reporting tool, ClearPath, in which cities would input their data to calculate their GHG emissions in accordance with the Global Protocol. I provided technical assistance to cities and created a graduate internship program of analysts to assist municipalities ahead of the COP.

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Public Perceptions + Climate change

2014 - 2017

FutureCoast is an interactive storytelling game that encourages users to explore a future reality by leaving voicemails, that per the gameplay, have leaked through time to listeners in present day. By using voicemails as a form of expression, climate change and its impacts are no longer abstract concepts occurring in the remote future, but rather are visceral, first-person experiences for both the players and listeners.

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Nile Delta + Climate Projections

2014

The dynamics of environment and society interact with climate and can be modified through use of modern climate information. Many decisions in society are at more local scales, and regional climate information considered at appropriate scales and in appropriate forms is key. Students will build an understanding of the science behind the information, and analyze examples of how the information can and is being used. This course is an opportunity to synthesize, deepen and apply concepts learned about the dynamics of climate, quantitative methods of analysis and managing climate risk in the fundamentals of the first semester.

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As part of a Summer Practicum to complete the 12 month Climate and Society graduate program I took on 2 internships and an independent project in addition to my required coursework. The graphic below is a poster I presented at the end of my 3 month "crash course" in climate communication.

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Crash Course in Climate communication

2014


Climate Justice + Gender

2014

I completed a fellowship with the Women’s Environment and Development Organization, where in the span of 3 weeks I organized the gender justice contingent of the People’s Climate March in NYC. This included reaching out to and building relationships with organizations across the country that would sign on to our pledge. Several prominent figures also endorsed our platform.

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Regional Models + Peruvian Climate

2013

To effectively link Climate to Society, one must not only understand the physical workings of the climate system. One must also be able to interpret climate information like forecasts and observational maps and determine the basis of forecasts as well as their uncertainties. This project demonstrates my understanding of climate variability in time and space and my ability to synthesize climate data, create and evaluate models, and write technical reports.

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Remote Sensing + Greenland’s melt

2007 - 2009

Studying and understanding the cryosphere is pivotal in gauging and predicting climate change. Melting over the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) has been increasing over the past years and liquid water from melting can accumulate in surface features like supraglacial lakes. Quantifying the water-lakes volume and their seasonal and interannual evolution is a key point for understanding what is their role in the direct or indirect contribution to the GIS energy and mass balance.

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