Response, Recovery, and Resilience to Oil Spills and Environmental Disasters: Exploration and Use of Novel Approaches to Enhance Community Resilience
Researchers from Oregon State and Louisiana State Universities convened a diverse gathering of leaders of Gulf Coast regional nongovernmental organizations, regulatory agencies, residents, and researchers to examine events following environmental disasters. The overall goals of the workshop were to develop unique findings from participant experiences that could be beneficial and to offer specific recommendations for the improvement of response, recovery, and resilience in future disasters. We examined three topics related to enhancing resilience to environmental disasters: rapid response for characterizing exposure; recovery and the role of the citizen scientist; and increased resilience with community participation. The participants shared their experiences and recommended solutions including increased training for citizen scientists, expanded use of innovative sampling technologies, and greater sharing of environmental conditions and information among stakeholders and agencies postevent. The recommendations will improve future response and recovery efforts, and should strengthen communities by supporting key theoretical attributes of resilience.
Speaker / Author:
Margaret A. Reams, PhD, Department of Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University
Anna K. Harding, PhD, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University
Wilma Subra, MS, Subra Company, Inc.
Nina S. N. Lam, PhD, Department of Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University
Steven G. O’Connell, PhD, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University
Lane Tidwell, PhD, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University
Kim A. Anderson, PhD, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University