Vulnerability and Adaptation to Oil Spills

Sunday, February 19, 2012: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Ballroom A (VCC West Building)
Oil spills have become a global problem that involves a complex set of scientists, engineers, policy-makers, corporations, and communities. This symposium seeks to understand the dynamic and linked relationship of vulnerabilities and the process of adaptation regarding major oil spills, and identify useful conceptual and practical knowledge that can be applied to current and future spills and other environmental extreme events. In this light, the panel will compare and contrast particular vulnerabilities and adaptation mechanisms of large oil spills in France (1999), Spain (2002), Korea (2007), and the United States (2010) and examines different dimensions of oil spills ranging from ecological, engineering, and economic to community responses and recovery. These case studies, then, will be situated in the frameworks of disaster risk management and coastal disasters. Given the complex set of actors involved in adaptation to oil spills, how can we coordinate and organize disaster responses and recovery adequately to avoid creating additional vulnerabilities? What are the ways to adapt better and enhance social-ecological resilience to oil spills and other coastal disasters? The session will wrap up with discussions of ways to exchange lessons and generate a global, multidimensional framework for adaptation to oil spills in light of the reports from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
So-Min Cheong, University of Kansas
Glen M. MacDonald, UCLA
Cherry Murray, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
and Kristie Ebi, IPCC Working Group II
Brian Silliman, University of Florida
Ecological Resilience of Oiled Marshes
Ronan Jézéquel, Centre de Documentation de Recherche et D'experimentations sur les Pollutions Accidentelles des Eaux
Long-Term Assessment of the Erika Oil Spill Cleanup
Maria Loureiro, University of Santiago de Compostela
Total Damage, Social Resilience, and the Prestige Spill
So-Min Cheong, University of Kansas
Community Adaptation to the Hebei-Spirit Oil Spill
Herman Leonard, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Organizing Disaster Response
Stephanie Chang, University of British Columbia
Preparing for Coastal Disasters
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