Refining the Process of Science Support for Communities Around Extreme Weather Events and Climate Impacts

  • Kristina J. PetersonEmail author
  • Shirley B. Laska
  • Rosina Philippe
  • Olivia Burchett Porter
  • Richard L. Krajeski
  • Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg
  • William A. Sprigg
Part of the Extreme Weather and Society book series (EWS)


Native American communities along the Gulf of Mexico, separated in significant ways from contemporary tools and technology, experience and cope with weather extremes in unique and largely unknown ways. From one generation to the next there has been little communication between science, where advanced tools of warning and survival can be derived, and community, where lessons of “living off the land” can inform science of the most pressing needs and the most practical and useful technologies to fill them. This chapter describes a successful and ongoing science/community relationship to address immediate pressures of extreme weather and the resilience to confront potential threats from forces extant, including climate variability and human exploitation of natural resources. Lessons learned here, particularly those of communication and collaboration, apply around the world where both global science and self-supporting communities have become isolated from one another.


Hurricane Indigenous perspectives Storm surge Place-based communities Participatory action research Traditional ecological knowledge Gemeinschaft Gesellschaft Climate change Extreme weather resilience Role of science 



The authors would like to acknowledge the contribution of the community members of Grand Bayou and Pointe-au-Chien who patiently participated in the climate change discussions and who have been diligently working for the sustainability of their own communities and for the betterment of all. Without the contribution of the community members of Grand Bayou this account and the study on which it is largely based would not have been possible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristina J. Peterson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shirley B. Laska
    • 2
  • Rosina Philippe
    • 3
  • Olivia Burchett Porter
    • 4
  • Richard L. Krajeski
    • 2
  • Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg
    • 5
  • William A. Sprigg
    • 6
  1. 1.Lowlander CenterGrayUSA
  2. 2.The Lowlander CenterGrayUSA
  3. 3.Atakapa-Ishak/Chawasha TribePlaquemines ParishUSA
  4. 4.Loyola UniversityNew OrleansUSA
  5. 5.School of Arts and SciecnesBrandman University-Chapman University SystemIrvineUSA
  6. 6.Department of Atmospheric SciencesThe University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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