On May 14, 2013, the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) welcomed Dr. Sabrina McCormick of George Washington University and Evidence Based Media to present the SESYNC Seminar "Sensing Risk for Resilience: Heat Waves in Urban America." Watch the video below, and find it on our YouTube channel here.
About the seminar
Heat wave-related mortality is higher than that of all other disasters combined. With climate change, heat waves are an increasing threat to health. This presentation will explore two facets of this situation. Drawing from in-depth qualitative research in Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia, and Phoenix, I explore why vulnerable populations and local governments have difficulty responding to this increased risk. Second, I present a new approach to addressing heat risk for vulnerable populations—individual biosensors. I explore how innovations in this field could transform the embodiment of risk, therefore improving resilience in the face of climate change.