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Vulnerable and Invisible: The Impact of Hurricane Activity over a Mountainous Peasant-Populated Region at the Mexican Pacific Coast

March 7, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join the Center for Mexican Studies and the Earth Institute for a lecture entitled “Vulnerable and Invisible: The Impact of Hurricane Activity over a Mountainous Peasant-Populated Region at the Mexican Pacific Coast.” The lecture will be given by Prof. Gerardo Bocco and moderated by Professor Thomas Abdallah.

The presentation will discuss the impact of hurricane Manuel on the Nexpa village, at the Michoacan Pacific coast. Using meteo, geographic and ethnographic data, the vulnerability of the community was assessed. In conclusion, vulnerability of this type of small settlements will not disappear, conversely, it will probably increase because of recurrence of extreme events and lack of a sound public policy.

Gerardo Bocco holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1990). He is a senior researcher at UNAM (the Mexican National University, Morelia campus), in the Centre for Environmental Geography. He was director general of research in land-use planning at the federal Ministry of the Environment (2001-2005). His research interests deal with small, usually isolated, rural communities in Latin America.

Thomas Abdallah, P.E. LEED AP, is Deputy Vice President and Chief Environmental Engineer for the MTA New York City Transit (NYCT). He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and is a Professional Engineer and a LEED® Accredited Professional.  He has extensive experience with all areas of the environmental engineering discipline including sustainable design, energy efficiency, noise and vibration, pollution prevention and waste management. He leads the SUMA K4200 Integrative Capstone Workshop of the Sustainability Management Graduate Program at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

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Date:
March 7, 2016
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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802 International Affairs Building
420W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Phone:
212-854-4643
Website:
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