Rabalais among Panelists at the National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment in Washington, DC.
January 31, 2012
Over 1,000 participants attended the 13th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Disasters and Environment: Science, Preparedness, and Resilience. Dr. Nancy Rabalais was one of four plenary panelists on day one of the conference on “The Gulf Coast and Natural and Human-Caused Disasters.” The panel was moderated by Admiral Thad Allen, Incident Command for the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and also included Dr. Marcia McNutt, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Dr. Bernard Goldstein, University of Pittsburg, Chair Gulf Regional Health Outreach Program, and Mr. Jerome Zeringue, Executive Director, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, and current chair of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. Panelists talked about the various natural and human-made issues impacting the Gulf Coast, including potential future disasters. Dr. McNutt said that people should not live below sea-level due to “extreme events” and the gradual rise of sea level. In addition, the panel discussed potential vulnerabilities to hurricanes and other disasters due to loss in wetlands and degradation of ecological barriers. Dr. Rabalais pointed out that hard decisions were necessary in the restoration of coastal Louisiana and that tradeoffs and compromises would be necessary across the broad spectrum of the coastal landscape and society. The C-SPAN video may be found at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Coastan