Assessing and Managing Risk along the Mississippi River Corridor

The Mississippi River Valley has been hit by droughts, floods, extreme heat, and tornadoes that resulted in damages totaling over $50 billion since 2011. From 2005 to 2017, that total eclipses $200 billion with each effected state incurring a minimum $5 billion in damages. One positive result in reaction to those natural disasters was the formation of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), a coalition of mayors focused on resilience and adaptation programs.

Big Data for Resilience (BD4R) Storybook Launch Event

Could a ‘resilience lens’ help us to better understand and use Big Data in international development?


Experiences around the world suggest that Big Data is enabling larger, creative, and often socially-driven changes involving highly diverse stakeholders. But there is still a lot to learn about the links that exist between Big Data, resilience, and the achievement of long-term development goals, and about their implications for practitioners, policy makers and researchers.

Amazon Tipping Point

In the 1970s, Brazilian scientist Eneas Salati shattered the long held dogma that vegetation is simply the consequence of climate and has no influence on climate whatsoever (1).

Climate Change and Conflict: New Research for Defense, Diplomacy, and Development

“The long-term trends toward a warming climate, more air pollution, biodiversity loss, and water scarcity are likely to fuel economic and social discontent – and possibly upheaval – through 2018,” the U.S. National Intelligence Council warns in its Worldwide Threat Assessment. How can the state of the research help us understand and address these risks? What are the next steps for translating this expertise into new security practice?

Women on the Front Lines of Change: Empowerment in the Face of Climate and Displacement

In the wake of extreme weather and other climate change disruptions, women are disproportionately at risk of violence and displacement. At the same time, in their roles as providers, caretakers, and leaders, women around the world are already helping communities on the front lines of climate change adapt to changing realities. As more people migrate to find better lives, the work and leadership of women will be more important than ever to helping vulnerable communities cope with the effects of climate change.

Tackling Microplastics on Our Own


Plastics, ranging from the circles of soda can rings to microbeads the size of pinheads, are starting to replace images of sewage for a leading cause of pollution – especially in the ocean [1]. The threats of plastics are pervasive, with current estimates placing over 250,000 tons of plastic floating around the world’s oceans [3].