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Climate Change Risk and Resilience in Middle Tennessee (with Dr. Janey Camp)

October 26, 2021


Photo of the Cumberland River


Climate change comes with ample risks to Middle Tennessee, but there is also the opportunity to build resilience in the face of these changes. We know climate change in Middle Tennessee brings more extreme heat and severe storms, which will lead to more frequent and devasting flooding. And we already see these impacts in both urban and rural Tennessee communities. In this episode of River Talks, we are joined by Dr. Janey Camp from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Camp studies the interactions between nature and man-made systems, with a particular focus on identifying risk in key areas. Dr. Camp shares the unique climate vulnerabilities in our rural communities, the ways climate change serves as a threat multiplier, and how critical infrastructure like roads and energy systems, can be impacted by climate events.

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About Dr. Janey Camp:

Dr. Janey Camp is a Research Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University. She has a broad range of interests but is ultimately interested in studying the interactions of nature and man-made systems utilizing geospatial technologies. This includes modeling future flooding and the potential impacts on communities and infrastructure systems to identify key risk areas. In addition, she is involved in several interdisciplinary projects focused on infrastructure system adaptation to climate change, risk management and also STEM integration into education. Dr. Camp was recently selected as a co-author for the 5th National Climate Assessment. 

In this podcast:

  • What might we expect to see with climate change in Middle Tennessee? 
  • How is climate change a threat multiplier in Middle Tennessee?
  • What do the climate impacts look like in rural Tennessee? 
  • What are some examples of our critical infrastructure that may be impacted by climate change? 
  • How will our growing and changing population in Middle Tennessee affect how climate change impacts us moving forward? 
  • What do you envision when you think of a climate-resilient future for Middle Tennessee?
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