The Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research (CCARR) Centre at University of The Bahamas (UB) was established in 2019 in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. This storm highlighted the vulnerability of human systems in The Bahamas and other small island developing states to threats like extreme events and slow onset changes like sea level rise influenced by climate change.

In this context, CCARR Centre was founded as a resource for small island and coastal communities internationally to address the human dimensions of climate change. The Centre will focus on impacts of climate change and how communities can best prepare for and respond to its many risks.

Mission/Vision Statement

The CCARR Centre is a University-wide effort to provide high-quality and evidence-based support for communities, governmental and non-governmental organizations and the private sector to prepare for the risks presented by climate change and address impacts holistically. The CCARR Centre will be internationally known as a resource for small island developing states and coastal communities facing the threat of climate change through comprehensive research, policy engagement, education and outreach to ensure climate-resilient futures for those most at risk.

About the Project

The “I Survived Dorian” project by the Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Centre (CCARR) provides a platform for residents of The Bahamas that survived the 2019 Hurricane Dorian. This project aims to empower individuals to share their experiences with Dorian, their views on how disaster preparedness and responses can be improved, and their opinions on how inequities can be addressed to reduce vulnerability.

While the collection and display of individual stories is powerful, this project presents an opportunity to highlight the impacts that natural hazards have on human lives and the societal ripple effects. This project hopes to address the different experiences, assess issues of inequalities in our Bahamian society, and issues of vulnerability faced by at-risk communities.

It is our hope that this project informs the Bahamian and international community on the challenges of a changing climate on an island state, and to influence national policies and procedures on disaster management in The Bahamas.