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Edited: 11/15/2011 4:49 PM
Brian Blanton
Big Question Discussion

The group has more/less converged on having a large driving question that focuses the overall research and that justifies the need for the network. 

Underneath that large-scale question, sub topics/questions are formed that are necessary to address first and that lead toward the transformative knowledge at the ​large-scale question,

Possible large-scale questions: 

1) What are the factors that affect a coastal communitiy's chaning risk over time?  While this certainly lets CC/SLR enter the discussion in a natural way, it also allows for other pressures that can be independent of CC/SLR like population migration toward the coast, development density, etc.

2) What does is take to save and sustain a vulnerable community? Again, this can be independent of CC/SLR.  

Others? Let's use this topic to flesh out the driving proposal concept. 

Posted: 11/16/2011 8:34 AM
1) Sustainability research suggests that the "Triple-Bottom-Line" of economic vitality, environmental integrity, and social equity depend upon the identification of tradeoffs for successful public policy and adaptation toward sustainability. How does a research network identify consequences and tradeoffs of environmental, economic, and social systems among alternative system responses to climate change across a cross-section of differentially vulnerable urban and rural communities?

2) Sustainability science has been criticized for emphasis on abstract, conceptual research lacking in grounding of practical, place-based solutions. How can a sustainability research network discover and better inform coastal policy-makers and communities for optimized, practical adaptation to coastal environmental hazards exacerbated by anthropogenic climate change?

3) Ongoing climate change and coastal processes are occuring across various time and space scales. Risk identification and response among human social and economic processes evokes potential cognitive responses ranging from risk aversion (coastal retreat) to protracted defense (coastal armoring.) Can a network of integrated discplinary researchers identify, model, and predict  potential thresholds, feedbacks, and lagged responses among environmental processes, disasters, and social systems? 

4) What social, environmental, and economic adaptations best promote sustainability of a coastal community?  How do patterns of risk and response dynamically coevolve among a continuum of urban to rural coastal communities threatened by hurricanes, coastal erosion, land loss, and sea-level rise?

Posted: 11/22/2011 9:30 AM
Burton St. John
All of Tom's suggested questions appear viable and valuable. What I wonder is, from "big question" perspective, is it best to keep that question more general like "what does it take to save and sustain a vulnerable community?"  I ask because all of Tom's points could fall under that larger question.