Regional Resilience and Climate Change


National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant to the University of Missouri: The Missouri Transect: Climate, Plants and Community

About the Project

This five-year project focuses on assessing climate change impacts on agriculture and plant adaptation through some groundbreaking research and biotechnology applications. The project is organized into three teams: climate, plants and community. IPP is part of the Community Team, which is tasked with understanding how Missouri communities can manage for resilience in a changing climate characterized by increased periods of drought, flooding, and prolonged summer heat waves.

Specifically, IPP will:

  • In collaboration with the Center for Applied Research & Environmental Systems (CARES), create a community resilience web platform that will be continually updated and available for the emergency preparedness community;
  • Make available a Missouri-specific Community Resilience System available to all communities to develop resiliency action plans; and
  • Engage populations, communities and institutions in learning about and taking action to improve resilience.

IPP’s project will develop a set of indicators to measure community resilience (as part of a larger national effort); survey organizations and institutions with responsibilities for emergency preparedness; use Community Commons to upload data and use data visualization and reporting tools to engage stakeholders in interpretation and analysis; and identify low-resilience communities and conduct collaborative efforts with them to create resilience plans.

Ultimately, the goal is to create a more resilient Missouri and to encourage greater understanding of the implications of climate change as an important component of community resilience, and the steps communities can take in preparation and mitigation.


Zach Buckler




Published Aug. 18, 2014 | Regional & Economic Development