The goal of the Community Team is to understand how Missouri communities have reacted to environmental catastrophes and how to achieve resilience under a changing climate characterized by increased periods of drought, flooding, and prolonged summer heat waves.

The Community Team is addressing how resilient Missouri communities are to a changing climate. Their research is laying the groundwork for understanding the community-level effects of climate change by considering how diverse stakeholders make decisions in response to drought, storm events, and impacts on vegetation. Researchers are using historical and archival data to investigate resiliency in urban settings, among land owners/managers and vulnerable populations, and in state parks and historic sites to climate-related events and then will integrate these responses into a “resiliency framework” for Missouri.