I was pleased to participate this week in the Planet Texas 2050 Resilience Research Symposium. At this multi-disciplinary event, I shared our preservation students’ work in climate risk mapping for Texas archives. We revisit this project with a new climate focus each semester in my Disaster Planning and Response class.
At the event, an engaging array of scholars approached climate research from broadly varied perspectives. Focuses included community resilience planning; regional shifts in communicable diseases; and current and historical impacts on plant and animal life. Most attendees were new to the preservation of cultural collections, so this was a great opportunity to build new connections.
Many thanks to Jonathan Lowell, Heidi Schmalbach, and the Planet Texas team for organizing this event.