This project was completed in ENVS611 Integrative Skills for Environmental Management during the 2014 fall semester at Western State Colorado University's Master in Environmental Management program.
Our project group was tasked with developing and implementing an abbreviated scenario-planning project. We chose small-scale farming in the Gunnison Valley and engaged a range of local farmers producing and selling food locally.
Scenario planning is becoming more popular in natural resource and environmental management as a tool to manage for "multiple futures" where decisions are robust and useful to a range of climatic conditions.
In this project, we developed a range of climatic and socioeconomic scenarios, and asked participants how their business would change given each scenario, and what adjustments each might have to make given the scenarios.
We concluded with a decision-making analysis, and a list of robust, or "no-regrets" decisions that would lead to positive impacts no matter the realized trajectories of climate and socioeconomic conditions.
This project was completed in ENVS605 The Science of Environmental Management during the 2014 fall semester at Western State Colorado University's Master in Environmental Management program.
The assignment was to create a research proposal for a real or hypothetical project we would like to see through. Building off my scenario planning research in ENVS611 (above), I decided to frame a project around this topic.
The San Luis Valley is a major agricultural region in southern Colorado. Having seen dramatic increases in temperature toward the end of the 20th century and into the 21st century, it is facing an uncertain climatic, economic, and cultural future.
I wrote this proposal at the time thinking it could develop into my master's project. For me, it brought together my interests in climate change adaptation, natural resource management, community building, and participatory processes.
While I am not currently pursuing this project, I believe it has strong potential, if carried out, to better prepare the San Luis Valley to equitably and effectively adapt to climate change.