National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
1 Park Place, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401
Reading resilience in the Puerto Rican landscape.
Seminar presented by Dr. Javier Arce-Nazario, University of North Carolina.
Extreme precipitation events and social and political inequalities can disrupt Puerto Rican access to ecosystem services such as drinking water. To enhance the resilience of water systems on the island and in similar environments, we must first understand the elements that make some apparently vulnerable Puerto Rican water systems surprisingly robust. I will discuss ways to read and misread the resilient features of the Puerto Rican waterscape ranging from watershed analysis to social and traditional media, surveys, and oral histories.
About the speaker: Javier Arce Nazario is an associate professor at the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an adjunct researcher at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. His research focuses on integrating approaches from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to better understand human-environment dynamics and to identify effective ways to translate research beyond the walls of academia.
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