Researcher Kathryn Doherty's new publication in Nature Climate Change. Online first at: 

For more information and resources, including information about past and ongoing projects, visit the Vulnerability, Consequences, and Adaptation Planning Scenarios webpage

 The Washington Post covered the recent publication by SERI Researchers Kathryn Doherty and Thomas Webler. They investigated why people who are alarmed about climate change do not take public actions to mitigate climate change.

We developed this Primer using funding from the U.S. EPA to clarify how to conduct Q methodology. The Primer adds depth to a guidance document we wrote to help EPA personnel use Q methodology as a technique to evaluate public participation efforts.

That report is available here:


Working Group on Climate Change Impacts on Shellfishing in Wellfleet Harbor

For information about this ongoing application of participatory modeling using VCAPS go here.

 SERI researcher Karin Jakubowski, who is also doctoral candidate at Antioch University - New England, continues to collect data on the behavior of snorkelers at coral reefs in Puerto Rico.  Karin's doctoral research is closely related to an earlier project SERI undertook with funding from NOAA's coral reef conservation program.  During two trips to Puerto Rico in the fall of 2014 and winter of 2015, Karin continued to work with collaborating tourism companies to collect data on the behavior of tourists at coral reefs.

Seth Tuler and Thomas Webler of SERI will join their co-PI's Liz Fly, Esperanza Stancioff, and Jessica Whitehead in a session at the National Climate Adaptation Forum in St. Louis, May 2015.  Presentations will highlight the application of the VCAPS approach to community-based climate vulnerability assessment.

 SERI's work in Plymouth, North Carolina was featured in the magazine of North Carolina Sea Grant in Summer 2012

As part of the research project into the role of private business in civic dialogues about sustainability, Thomas Webler and staff from the funder, Network for Business Sustainability, prepared a briefing document and are organizing a one day workshop in Toronto.  The workshop will engage over 50 participants from private business in a dialogue-based learning experience.  Learning exchange is intended to flow in two directions.  Input from the participants will be gathered and used to revise the briefing document into a final report.

 Tom Dietz and Paul Stern of SERI have joined a powerful team of academics across the country who are working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop and test a model of how renewable energy technologies for households diffuse through the population.  It is a three year grant that runs frmo July 2013 - June 2016.

 SERI was represented at the Frontiers of Democracy conference at Tufts University in July 2013.  The conference brings together practitioners and scholars from across the world.  It is linked with Tuft's summer institute, which brings in young scholars from many developing nations.  For more information see:

 Thomas Webler made a presentation about the Coastal and Ocean Climate Adaptations (COCA) project.  The project experiments with combining VCAPS concept mapping together with GIS and system dynamics models to characterize local stakeholders' understandings of how the coupled human-nature system of fisheries and fishing dependent communities will likely experience new weather stressors and climate changes.