Atlas of Climate Action

Resilience and reduction through a geographic approach

Virtual event | September 15, 2022 | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (PT)

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Exclusive executive event

Join the Los Angeles Times and Esri at an exclusive leadership event illuminating crucial climate issues in California. Discover how a geographic approach enables decision-makers to address the climate crisis, including exploring hazards, assessing vulnerability and risk, investigating options, prioritizing and planning, and taking action.

Moderator: Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist

Katharine Hayhoe, chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and a Paul W. Horn Distinguished Professor and political science endowed professor in public policy and public law at Texas Tech University, is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. Her extensive, award-winning work researching, analyzing, and communicating climate impacts across regions and industries encompasses peer-reviewed research, key reports, books, talks, articles, and television series, including serving as lead author on the second, third, and fourth National Climate Assessments.

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Opening Keynote

Krystal Laymon | The White House

Krystal Laymon is the senior policy advisor for climate resilience and adaptation at the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy. She has held positions at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States Department of Energy, and the United Nations and has spent her career working with states, localities, and Tribes to implement climate resilience and equity goals. Krystal has an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis.

Event, Part 1

Climate Action: Adaptation and Resilience

Adapting to climate change requires recognizing that people and events, locally and globally, are tightly interconnected—as are complex human-made and natural systems. Join Part 1 of this event to hear how technologists and spatial experts are using location technology to understand patterns of extreme climate-related events—such as flooding, wildfires, drought, and excessive heat—and strengthen resilience against those perils.

Keynote speaker

Jiri Ctyroky | City of Prague

Jiri Ctyroky is the director of the Spatial Information Section at the Prague Institute of Planning and Development, working with the City of Prague. His work includes using spatial analysis to map climate vulnerability, such as extreme heat events, identifying risk areas to inform mitigation strategies.

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Event, Part 2

Climate Action: Reduction

A geographic approach allows leaders to sort out complexity and sustainably manage essential resources using highly accurate, holistic data. Join Part 2 of this event to learn how decision-makers are utilizing new technologies and cost-effective measures to reduce negative outcomes in the communities where they operate, including harmful emissions, extreme heat, loss of biodiversity, water pollution, and other threats to the environment.

Keynote speaker

Vlada Kenniff | NYCHA

Vlada Kenniff is the senior vice president for sustainability at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). She leads NYCHA's Sustainability Agenda and has spent over a decade working on clean energy, water conservation, green infrastructure, and climate resiliency projects.

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Event, Part 3

Technology at the Core of Climate Action

The cutting-edge technology needed to support crucial climate decisions and balance human-made systems with the natural world is available here and now. Join Part 3 of this event to hear how geospatial technology integrates the best data, science, and systems thinking to look at climate impacts holistically and aid our understanding of the relationships between places, people, policies, and practices.

Closing keynote

Dr. Dawn Wright | Esri

Dawn Wright, chief scientist at Esri, is a geographer and oceanographer who represents Esri to the national and international scientific community. Pioneering the use of GIS for ocean and coastal sciences, her work in seafloor mapping, ocean conservation, and environmental informatics contributes to vital climate action efforts and empowers data-driven methods for understanding, measuring, and addressing climate impacts.

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