ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford speaks at the second UBC TerreWeb seminar tomorrow, January 26th 2012, on climate change and the energy-water nexus, as well as policy and media strategies for communicating scientific work.

Climate change impacts will affect hydrological systems as well as energy production and distribution. Compounding these challenges is the fact that we need water to produce energy and vice versa – a confluence known as the “energy-water nexus”. This presentation outlines these impacts and current examples, and explores responses for government and the insurance sector, as well as ways to communicate and collaborate on these issues.

Speaker Bio: As executive director of ACT, the Adaptation to Climate Change Team at SFU, Deborah Harford is responsible for development of the initiative’s vision and its partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as coordination and management of the program. She also directs and produces ACT’s policy recommendations for adaptation strategies at all levels of government, as well as communication of the program’s outcomes.

Through Deborah’s efforts, ACT has created networks between local, national and international climate change research practitioners, NGOs, industry representatives, all levels of government, First Nations groups and local communities. Deborah’s work with ACT has gained her national recognition as a resource for those seeking information on climate change adaptation and practical coping strategies.