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SXSW 2019

Island Trauma: Hurricane Maria's Impact on Science

Scientists studying the societal disruption of climate events became their own subjects in 2017 in the wake of Hurricane Maria. This panel, featuring members of the Puerto Rico Climate Change Council, will examine the scientific repercussions of the hurricane, impacts to local scientists in the throes of relief efforts, the social vulnerability of the disaster response, and what we can learn about Puerto Rico’s future by looking at coastal environments of the past.

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  1. What precedent does Hurricane Maria set for the future of climate change-related mega storms and the communities most susceptible to them?
  2. How was Puerto Rico's scientific community impacted by Hurricane Maria and the relief efforts of those who came to the island to help?
  3. What can we learn from the disaster response and the scientific community (in Puerto Rico and beyond) to better prepare for future natural disasters?



Chase Martin, Media Communications Specialist , Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Social & Global Impact
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner
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