Ph.D., Clark University, 1996
Department of Geography
Callcott, Room 213
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: (803) 777-2482 Fax: (803) 777-4972
Areas of Interest
Climate Risks, Decision-making and Adaptation
Hazards and Vulnerability
My major research projects address vulnerability, adaptation and decision-making with respect to climate variability, climate change. www.cisa.sc.edu
K. Dow, F. Berkhout, B. Preston, R. Klein, G. Midgley, and R. Shaw. 2013. Limits to Adaptation. Nature Climate Change 3 (April):305-307; doi:10.1038/nclimate1847.
B.L. Preston, K. Dow and F. Berkhout. The Climate Adaptation Frontier. Sustainability 2013 (5): 1011-1035; doi:10.3390/su5031011.
K. Dow, B. Haywood, N. Kettle, and K. Lackstrom. 2013. The role of ad hoc networks in supporting climate change adaptation: a case study from the Southeastern United States. Regional Environmental Change 13(1) doi:10.1007/s10113-013-0440-8.
K.T. Ingram, K. Dow, L. Carter, and J. Andersen eds. Climate of the Southeast United States: Variability, Change, Impacts, and Vulnerability. Island Press, in press
B. Haywood, N. Kettle, K. Lackstrom, and K.Dow. accepted. Negotiating a Mainstreaming Spectrum: Climate Change Response & Communication in the Carolinas. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning.
K. Dow and T. E. Downing. 2006; 2nd edition 2007; 3rd edition 2011. The Atlas of Climate Change, U.S. Edition: University of California Press, Berkeley, CA; UK Edition: Earthscan, London, UK. Foreign language versions also available.
“Zayed Prize for Scientific and Technical Achievement” for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment co-authored with 1360 scientists, www.zayedprize.org.ae. 2005.
Environmental Stewardship Award, School of the Environment, University of South Carolina. 2001.
Outstanding Faculty Service-Learning Award, University of South Carolina. 1999.
Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
Environmental Geography Seminar
Human Impact on the Environment
US National Climate Assessment. Lead Author, Sustained Assessment Working Group. 2013.
US National Climate Assessment. Lead Author, Research Needs Chapter. 2012 - 2013.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), Working Group 2. Lead Author, Chapter 16 Adaptation Opportunities, Constraints, and Limitations. (term 2010-2014).
National Academy of Sciences. Member, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. (term 2008-2013).
Editor, Weather, Climate, and Society, Journal of the American Meteorological Society (term 11/09-1/13) (1 of 3 editors, R. Balstad, Chief Editor).
Editoral Board, Climate Risk Management.
Current and Recent Graduate Students
Ben Haywood, PhD in progress
Kirsten Lackstrom, PhD in progress
Ekaterina Altman, MS - MEERM in progress
Kim Rogers, MS in progress
Nathan Kettle, PhD 2012
“Coastal Climate Change Adaptation: The Influence of Perceived Risk, Uncertainty, Trust and Scale”
Amanda Brennan, MS MEERM program 2012
Lauren Felker, MS 2011
“Increased perviousness versus urban densification: trade-offs between adaptation and mitigation in a changing climate”
Christina Griffin, MS 2009
“Gender and Social Capital: Social Networks Post-Disaster”