1st International Meeting 


Binational Laboratory of

Sustainability, Vulnerability and Adaptation

to Climate Change

Capacity building to advance state-of-the-art sustainability assessment in the U.S., Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean




The purpose of this first meeting is to bring together top-level academics, policy makers and civil society representatives to exchange experiences on: 

1. What are the major challenges the region faces in the  assessment of sustainability, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change?

2. How can evidence based policy making be strengthen in the region within the context of the SDGs and Agenda 2030?

3. Which are the most efficient mechanisms for mainstreaming leading edge approaches (such as Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty (DMDU)) into the sustainable development policy instruments?

Expected outcomes

Report to Dr. M. Crow, president of ASU, Dr. E. Graue, rector of UNAM, and Lic. M. Vila, governor of Yucatan: “Research agenda  for SVACC: Pathways towards sustainable development” on:

1. Strategy for mainstreaming leading edge approaches (such as DMDU) in sustainability, vulnerability and adaptation assessment tools in the region

2. Education and capacity building means to fulfill within the context of Agenda 2030

3. Partnerships with leading organizations, government agencies, international academic institutions and businesses

4. Financing SVACC mission


Binational Laboratory of

Sustainability, Vulnerability, and Adaptation

to Climate Change (SVACC)


UNAM and ASU have created the Binational Laboratory on Sustainability, Vulnerability, and Adaptation to Climate Change (SVACC) to foster a close partnership in advancing state-of-the art sustainability  assessment and management tools and technologies.
Activities will be centered on the U.S., Mexico, Central-America and the Caribbean, given the seriousness of sustainability challenges in the region and the large asymmetries in available capacities to advance sustainable development initiatives.


Meeting organizers

Arizona State University

Peter Schlosser

Yucatan government

Bernardo Cisneros Buenfil


Luis A. Bojórquez Tapia

    Arizona State University

 Hallie Eakin

Yucatan government

Ricardo E. Bello Bolio


Xavier Chiappa Carrara


June 11th, 2019 - June 13th, 2019


Speakers and presentations

Regional Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainability, Vulnerability, and Adaptation to Climate Change.


David R. Johnson

Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencias de la Sostenibilidad.



Luis A. Bojórquez Tapia

Conflict, Coordination & Control: Do we understand the actual rules used to balance flooding, energy, and food tradeoffs?


Patrick Reed

MEGADAPT. L.A. Bojórquez-Tapia, H. Eakin, M.A. Janssen, A. Baeza, F. Serrano-Candela, P. Gómez-Priego, Y. Miquelajauregui, A. Estrada, I. Grave

Fidel Serrano Candela

Challengues of building SVACC as a Boundary Organization.



Olman Segura Bonilla

SIGplanning. Translating knowledge into meaningful representations for stakeholders.



Paola Gómez

Challenges in building SVACC as a Boundary Organization.



Juan Manuel Romero

Developing a Robust Water Strategy for Monterrey, Mexico. Diversification and Adaptation for Coping with Climate, Economic, and Technological Uncertainties.


Edmundo Molina

Outcome-Driven Problem Solving for Coastal Sustainability.



David Groves

Guatemala: in the context of climate change.



Ana Lucía Solano Garrido

Problem Solving for a Habitable Planet.



Peter Schlosser

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change:Opportunity Frontier for SVACC.



Hallie Eakin

Sustainability & Capacity-Building.



Christopher Boone

The Nation’s University.



Xavier Chiappa Carrara

Diseñando Resiliencia de los Recursos Hídricos en la CDMX y el Valle de México.


Sara Freeman

Assessing multistakeholder conflicts, vulnerabilities, and risk in the Upper Colorado River Basin.



Antonia Hadjimichael

Roadmap for higher education and capacity building for sustainability, vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change.


Jeffrey Orozco

Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan. An evolving application of DMDU Methods.




David Groves

Two Visions of Decision Support and Analytics: What Works Best for SVACC?




David R. Johnson

Cooperative and Robust Water Pathways Reexamining robustness to include time evolving infrastructure investments and multi-actor stability. David Gold, Bernardo Trindade, Patrick Reed, Greg Characklis

Patrick Reed

International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA).



Luis E. Montañez-Cartaxo

SVACC and the New Science of Sustainable Urban Systems.



José Lobo


Participating institutions



Event room: Regency 2


Av. Colón esq. Calle 60 a 100 mts. de Paseo de Montejo Mérida, México, 97000


+52 999 942 1234

Photos by: Rocío Brito García


If you have any questions regarding the meeting please write to:

Luis A. Bojórquez Tapia


Hallie Eakin


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