Welcome to St. Paul
The Institute on the Environment is an interdisciplinary hub focused on bringing the brightest minds together to tackle grand environmental challenges. We host and support a wide array of research and education on climate change adaptation, helping Minnesota, the upper Midwest and the world prepare for a changing climate.
Our climate change-related work focuses on issues such as urban adaptation, impacts to plants and animals, global food security in a warming world and much more. Our current projects and initiatives in the climate adaptation space include The Global Adaptation Index, The Natural Capital Project, the Global Landscapes Initiative, Backyard Phenology and more.
Don’t miss our IonE-sponsored and affiliated sessions
Racial Equity and Climate Resiliency
Community Luncheon (Grand Ball Room – Section H)
Tuesday, 12:40 p.m.
Shalini Gupta of the Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy (CEED) will lead this luncheon for community organizations working on justice, vulnerability and climate resiliency. It’s an opportunity to network and share best practices, while examining into the intersections of racial equity and climate resiliency, both locally and nationally. Co-hosted by CEED; sponsored by IonE and the National Adaptation Forum.
Evaluating Climate Change Vulnerability and Readiness to Adapt with Social Equity Focus in U.S. Cities
Oral Presentation Session 7 (Meeting Room 7)
Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
Climate change has many important implications for the wellbeing of city residents, and without attention to differential risks and adaptation action among demographic groups and geographies, climate change will likely aggravate socio-economic disparities. This presentation will highlight indicators and methods collected by the Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA), which incorporates social equity in climate change measurement so that society and policy-makers can pursue equitable adaptation actions within and among U.S. cities.
Minnesota American Indian Rights Research Tour: Past, Present, Future Lessons on Adaptation in Climate Changes
Oral Presentation Session 13 (Meeting Room 13)
Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
Minnesota is a Dakota place, shared by later arriving Ojibwe neighbors and more recently EuroAmerican settlers and various other ethnic groups. However, the past, present, and future of indigenous ways of knowing, modes of relating to the environment, issues of sovereignty, and layers of history are often invisibilized in many of our thinking and learning systems. In this session, student participants in the third annual MN American Indian Rights Research Tour, a collaboration between Robbinsdale Area Schools, North Hennepin Community College, Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, will share and reflect on their experiences.
Placed-based Art, Science, and Agency: Towards Transformative Action for Adaptation
Concurrent Session 11 (Meeting Room 10)
Thursday, 3:00 p.m.
This training session is inspired by a successful art-science collaboration featuring an adorable silver camper (the “Climate Chaser”) serving as a tiny natural history museum and recording studio to capture stories of changing seasons and cycles of nature. The presenting team draws on the integrated nature of this new, Minnesota-based citizen-science project, Backyard Phenology: Tracking Nature’s Cycles in a Changing Climate, to demonstrate how art, science, and place-based observations can be mobilized to catalyze awareness of and action on climate change and adaptation.
Climate Change Vulnerability and Human Migration
Climate change is altering weather patterns and ecological processes in ways that are consequential for many human population processes, including migration. However, beyond specific case studies, little is known about the relationship between climate change and vulnerability and migration in global perspective. These researchers combine the 2010 vulnerability score of the Country Index of the Global Adaptation Initiative at the University of Notre Dame with recently updated international migration flow data covering the 2010-2015 period, providing a descriptive, country-level portrait of the association between climate vulnerability and international migration.
A sample of recent climate change articles published by researchers with IonE
Grecequet, M., J. DeWaard, J. J. Hellmann, and G. Abel. 2017. Climate vulnerability and human migration in global perspective. Sustainability 9: 720.
Chen, C., J. J. Hellmann, L. Berrang-Ford, I. Noble, and P. Regan. 2016. A global assessment of adaptation investment from the perspectives of equity and efficiency. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. In press.
Hellmann, J. J., R. Grundel, C. Hoving, an G. W. Schuurman. 2016. A call to insect scientists: challenges and opportunities of managing insect communities under came change. Current Opinion in Insect Science 17: 92-97.
Doherty, M., K. Klima, and J. J. Hellmann. 2016. Climate Change in the Urban Environment: Advancing, Measuring and Achieving Resiliency. Environmental Science and Policy 66: 310-313. Abstract
Chen, C., M. Doherty, J. Coffee, T. Wong, and J. J. Hellmann. 2016. Measuring the adaptation gap: a framework for evaluating climate hazards and opportunities in urban areas. Environmental Science and Policy 66: 403-419.
Sharma, A., P. Conroy, H. Fernando, A. Hamlet, J. Hellmann, and F. Chen. 2016. Green and cool roofs to mitigate urban heat island effects in Chicago metropolitan area: evaluation with a regional climate model. Environmental Research Letters 11: 064004.
Hällfors, M. H., S. Aikio, S. Fronzek, J. J. Hellmann, T. Ryttäri, and R. K. Heikkinen. 2016. Assessing the need and potential of assisted migration using species distribution models. Biological Conservation 196: 60-68.
Beever, E. A., J. O’Leary, C. Mengelt, J. M. West, S. Julius, N. Green, D. Magness, L. Petes, B. Stein, A. B. Nicotra, J. J. Hellmann, A. L. Robertson, M. D. Staudinger, A. A. Rosenberg, E. Babij, J. Brennan, G. W. Schuurman, and G. E. Hoffmann. 2016. Improving conservation outcomes with a new paradigm for understanding species’ fundamental and realized adaptive capacity. Conservation Letters 9: 131-137.
Javeline, D., J. J. Hellmann, J. S. McLachlan, D. F. Sax, M. W. Schwartz, and R. Castro Cornejo. 2015. Expert opinion on extinction risk and climate change adaptation for biodiversity. Elementa 3: 000057.