Wednesday, September 28, 2011

San Juan ULTRA-EX (Urban Long Term Research Area-Exploratory): Resident Perceptions of Green Areas and Vulnerability towards Flooding in a Tropical City

Monday, October 3, 2011, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, W. Sibley Rm 208

Image and information provided by Lindsay Carter
 The ULTRA-EX Team is currently studying the social and ecological factors that influence the vulnerability and sustainability of the San Juan Metropolitan Area (SJMA) in Puerto Rico. The research has focused on the city’s main watershed, the Rio Piedras River Watershed (RPRW) and its sub-watersheds, as the initial units of analysis of a nested geographical approach that extends progressively into larger units in the future, such as the municipality of San Juan and the whole SJMA. Expected outcomes include an improved understanding of social and ecological interactions, and development and modeling of urban development scenarios in collaboration with stakeholders. The presentation will focus on the challenges posed by inter-disciplinary research, research methods used, and the discussion of preliminary results.