The Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research (CCARR) Centre at University of The Bahamas (UB) was established in 2019 in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. This storm highlighted the vulnerability of human systems in The Bahamas and other small island developing states to threats like extreme events and slow onset changes like sea level rise influenced by climate change.
In this context, CCARR Centre was founded as a resource for small island and coastal communities internationally to address the human dimensions of climate change. The Centre will focus on impacts of climate change and how communities can best prepare for and respond to its many risks.
Find out more on: https://www.ub.edu.bs/ccarr/
Mission & Vision Statement
The CCARR Centre is a University-wide effort to provide high-quality and evidence-based support for communities, governmental and non-governmental organisations and the private sector to prepare for the risks presented by climate change and address impacts holistically. The CCARR Centre will be internationally known as a resource for small island developing states and coastal communities facing the threat of climate change through comprehensive research, policy engagement, education and outreach to ensure climate-resilient futures for those most at risk.
About the Project
Hurricane Dorian changed The Bahamas forever.
On September 1st, 2019, Hurricane Dorian landed in The Bahamas as a Category 5 Hurricane. The eye of the hurricane made landfall on the Abaco Islands and later pushed onwards to the Grand Bahama Island where it stalled for over 40 hours. Dorian caused immense destruction during its 3-day journey in The Bahamas, becoming the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of the country.
The “I Survived Dorian” project by the Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Centre (CCARR) provides a platform for residents of The Bahamas that survived the 2019 Hurricane Dorian. National assessments related to the storm focused on the economic losses and damages, with little acknowledgement or inclusion of the human experiences–particularly how vulnerable groups were affected.
This project aims to empower individuals to share their experiences with Dorian, their views on how disaster preparedness and responses can be improved, and their opinions on how inequities can be addressed to reduce vulnerability.
Also, while the collection and display of individual stories is powerful, this project presents an opportunity to highlight the impacts that natural hazards and climate change have on human lives and the societal ripple effects. This project hopes to influence conversations surrounding climate change, climate education, climate justice, and issues of vulnerability faced by at-risk communities.
It is our hope that this project informs the Bahamian and international community on the challenges of a changing climate on an island state, and to influence national policies and procedures on disaster management in The Bahamas.
This project is supported by a grant from Open Society Foundations.
P.O. Box N-4912
Nassau, The Bahamas
Meet The Team
Dr. Adelle Thomas is a Senior Fellow at UB, and a human-environment geographer interested in the intersections between climate change adaptation, environmental protection and development. Her particular focus is on aspects of social vulnerability, adaptation strategies and loss and damage.
Barrise Griffin is the Project Research Associate, and the Master of Disasters. As a Disaster Risk Specialist, she focuses on policy and academic research in disaster preparedness and management in Small Island Developing States.
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