Last months


November 2015 | Launch of new website

The new GeoAdaptive website is now available. GeoAdaptive’s team has worked to create a new and modern website that best reflects the knowledge, services and experiences of the company. 

October 2015 | “School of Resilience”, Italy

Enrico Ponte together with the Italian startup Climalia and the RENA association organized the first edition of the “School of Resilience” in the beautiful location of the Lake of Como. For more information you can see the website of the event here.

September 2015 | New member on board

GeoAdaptive is pleased to announce the addition of a new team member, Francisco Rodriguez in the role of GIS Technician. Francisco is a Boston native and UMass Boston graduate who thrives in crafting creative, mutli-disciplinary approaches to urban and environmental problems. Francisco says “I am eager to work for a company that specializes in multi-disciplinary approaches to the pressing issues of climate change adaptation and rapid urbanization”. Francisco’s hobbies include soccer, traveling, outdoor expeditions and riding his bike along the scenic Charles River.

September 2015 | Geographic Information Systems Professions Certification

GeoAdaptive would like to congratulate one of our senior analyst, Barry Fradkin in his attainment of the Geographic Information Systems Professions Certification by the GIS Certification Institute. Mr. Fradkin pursuit of this certification not only highlights Mr Fradkins commitment to delivering high end GIS services to his clients but it also certifies that Mr. Fradkin has the cumulative academic and professional experience in the field of GIS to be a certified professional.

August 2015 | Training in Ontario

In preparation for our hydrologic model development of the Charles and Mystic Rivers, Barry Fradkin attended a MIKE SHE Integrated Catchment Model training at DHI offices outside of Toronto, Ontario. With this model GeoAdaptive offers its client and unprecedented level of precision when it comes to integrated water catchment modeling. GeoAdaptive recognizes that an analysis is only as good as its underlying models and when it comes to hydrological modeling in a risk and resilience analysis or a wetland management project, precision is key to making well timed, strategic decisions. The MIKE SHE model allows for a greater analytical capacity in the areas of irrigation and drought management , environmental river flows, floodplain management, groundwater induced flooding and host of other hydrological components. To learn more about what this means for your project, call our Sr. Analyst Barry Fradkin at our Boston office at 617-227-8885 or email him at


Past Events



July 2015 | Conferences in Boston and San Diego
Proving to be a busy month for Sr. Analyst Barry Fradkin, Mr. Fradkin presented at two world renowned GIS/Technology conferences this July. Presenting at the 14th Annual International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Esri’s International User Conference, Mr. Fradkin had great success in presenting on GeoAdaptive’s approach in risk and hazard modeling in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

July 2015 | Company Retreat
With team members in Latin America and Europe, it isn’t easy to get the team together but in July, GeoAdaptive held their annual company retreat in Bethel, Maine. Along with scenic hikes and canoeing excursions, the team brainstormend and strategized about GeoAdaptives mission and how the company can continue improving ints unique project offerings.

July 2015 | Internship
GeoAdaptive team welcomed Zehan Li for his internship with the company.

June, 2015 | Workshop in Alaska
Members of the team took the long flight north to Fairbanks, Alaska to conduct a scenarios implication workshop at the University of Alaska. The workshop brought together dozens of experts to discuss the future of Alaska’s North Slope and Adjacent Seas and the future of the resource extraction industry in the region. By building on localized expert knowledge of the baseline and projected future conditions of the Northern Slope, GeoAdaptive bridges the gap between localized and regional approaches to scenario modeling.

June, 2015 | Conference in Bonn
GeoAdaptive attended the ICLEI Resilient Cities conference in Bonn, Germany. The conference is the global platform for ICLEI network of cities and municipalities to discuss innovative and local approaches to urban resilience and climate change adaptation. This year the conference dealt with information and technology communication (ICT) solutions for disaster risk management, resilient public health systems, and integrated climate actions.

June, 2015 | New member on Board
Dr. Enrico Ponte joined the team with the role of Risk and Resilience Analyst. Enrico is an architect, hold is Ph.D Urban Planning in 2012 at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. He brings to the company his 5 years of experience working in Africa, Latina America and Caribbean countries.

March, 2015 | Conference in Mexico
GeoAdaptive Principal Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno presented preliminary results from our work on increasing the resiliency of La Paz, Baja California Sur, México in light of the impact of hurricane Odile, at the Climate Change Panel for the Ciudades + Humanas forum.

January, 2015 | New temporary staffs
GeoAdaptive welcomed a business co-op student from Northeastern University, and an environmental planning and landscape architecture intern from the University of Georgia as as spring interns in the Boston office.

January, 2015 | New member on board
GeoAdaptive is pleased to announce a new member to our team. Marcela Orozco joins us as a Risk and Resilience Analyst, trained as an architect, Marcela specializes in risk and vulnerability analysis to urban natural hazard, city politics and sustainable planning disaster prevention. To complete her Masters in Design Studies in Risk and Resilience at Harvard University, Marcela researched the intersection of politics and urban environmental and risk prevention actions. We are glad to have Marcela join the GeoAdaptive team and look forward to her professional insights and expertise.


December 2014 | City Strength Presentation.
Members of the Risk and Resilience team met with Stephen A. Hammer PhD, Director of the World Bank Cities and Climate Change Program, at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. During the meeting, Stephen presented the World Bank’s City Strength – Resilient Cities Program, a rapid diagnostic that aims to help cities enhance their resilience to shocks.

November 2014 | Workshop in the North Slope region.
We are happy announce the conclusion of of our first of two participatory stakeholder workshops at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Our stakeholder workshops has revealed valuable local expert insight into development implication of the Northern Slope. We look forward to start analyzing the responses from our workshop to start formulating our scenario modeling for the North Slope region.

August 2014 | GeoAdaptive contributes to Park Counts
With fall around the corner, GeoAdaptive enjoyed one of the few remaining days of summer by helping out with Boston’s first annual Parks Count. The opportunity facilitated by the Boston Cares volunteer organization was aimed at assessing how a communities in Boston value their parks and open spaces. The idea is to improve public spaces and public health in the city’s neighborhoods by providing communities with a way to give feedback. As a consulting firm that deals with issues of climate change and analyzes land cover changes for many parts of the developing world, we know that the most important aspect of conservation and climate change adaption is how human relate to their environment. We are proud to aid the city with this endeavor and we look forward to volunteering more of our time with initiatives such as these.

August 2014 | GeoAdaptive kicks off a project in San José, Costa Rica
Costa Rica faces several challenges, one of which is rapid urban development in the midst of precious natural resources. As part of the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative from the Inter American Development Bank (ESCI-IDB), GeoAdaptive kicked off a project mid-August, with stakeholders and local representatives. These included local experts, representatives from local agencies and offices, and decision makers. The project spans 29 municipalities within the metropolitan region of San José and explores the causes and effects of both urban growth, greenhouse gas emission, and climate change and natural hazards.

July 2014 | GeoAdaptive work featured in national publication
This past week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), published the first Scenario Planning Guide titled: Considering Multiple Futures: Scenario Planning to Address Uncertainty in Natural Resource Conservation. The publication illustrates that one way to make pro-active decisions in conservation and natural–resource planning today, is to consider various scenarios that may unfold tomorrow. The publication provides a guideline and case studies to managers, that illustrate how scenario planning can inform decision-making in light of uncertainties. GeoAdaptive, as a world leader in geospatial scenario design, development and simulation, contributed 2 out of the 12 cases that the publication presents. The case studies are: Land Use and Climate Change Scenarios for the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative developed for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USGS (featured in February Topics), and 2) Florida Keys Marine Adaptation Planning (KEYSMAP): A Marine-base Scenario-planning project which was developed for Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FFWC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (featured in May Topics).

June 2014 | GeoAdaptive team members return from ICLEI’s Resilient Cities 2014 Global Forum
Dr. Juan Carlos Vargas, Principal, and Brittany Meece, Risk and Resilience Analyst, presented GeoAdaptive’s work from Barranquilla Colombia, at the Resilient Cities 2014 Global Forum, as a case study on how green infrastructure and open space can be used to adapt to climate change. Dr. Vargas was also invited to participate in a panel on local climate actions – mitigation and adaptation from an uban planning perspective- organized by ICLEI’s Low Carbon Cities initiative. The panel discussed the importance of an integrated approach to urban spatial planning and climate change policy, spatial/land use planning measures, analytic methods, and challenges when developing an integrated approach.

May 2014| GeoAdaptive kicks off project in Cabo del Este, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Principal Dr. Juan Carlos Vargas and Senior Associate Sophia Emperador traveled to Cabo del Este in May to meet with stakeholders, community members, and experts from the local university and government offices. This field visit kicked off the rapid assessment study for Cabo del Este, which will evaluate the potential regional impact of a proposed large tourism development in the rural area of Cabo del Este.

May 2014 | GeoAdaptive analysts devote time to support local causes
Analyst Cindy Chu, environmental science and marine systems specialist, is also an avid runner. Recently Chu has dedicated her personal time to run in the Cape Cod Ragnar Relay which raises money for local charities and the Boston Run to Remember half marathon which honors Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty. Senior analyst Barry Fradkin, also has dedicated time to participate in community running events, such as the Boston Athletic Association 5k, which supports a number of different charities including the American Red Cross and Boston Children’s Hospital. Fradkin is also participating in the Harpoon 5 mile race which supports the Angel Fund (supporting ALS research).

April 2014 | GeoAdaptive team travels to Montería, Colombia to present important findings to Mayor Carlos Eduardo Correa
During the first week of April, the GeoAdaptive team traveled to Montería, Colombia – a rapidly growing city in a region of Colombia known for cattle-ranching – to present preliminary results of an Urban Growth and Natural Hazard Risk assessment for the city. The team met with the Mayor of Montería, Carlos Eduardo Correa, colleagues from FINDETER (the Financial Institution for Development in Colombia, supporting the project), members of the city government, and representatives from two local universities. Workshops were held with these representatives to facilitate a participatory process of validation and analysis – an integral process in these assessments. The team conducted field work during the visit as well, including collecting elevation data, observing areas of landslide and flood risk, taking canal measurements, and interviewing members of the community.

March 2014 | GeoAdaptive to speak at international conference on resilience
Dr. Juan Carlos Vargas, Principal, and Brittany Meece, Risk and Resilience Analyst, are invited to speak at ICLEI’s 5th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation (Resilient Cities 2014). ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) will host the international forum in Bonn, Germany this year. Resilient Cities attracts over 500 urban planners, mayors, researchers, and international organizations and brings together practictioners and policy members to discuss increasing resilience and adapting to climate change. GeoAdaptive will be speaking on the topic of creating more resilient cities, through the use of open space in climate adaptation strategies.
More information on the event can be found here:

January 18-24, 2014 | GeoAdaptive kicks off a new project in Alaska
Juan Carlos Vargas, Partner, and Barry Fradkin, Analyst, met with project partners and stakeholders in Fairbanks, Barrow, and Anchorage, Alaska to kick off a resource and energy scenarios project for Alaska’s North Slope, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the North Slope Science Initiative.

January 13, 2014 | GeoAdaptive increases GIS capability of the Northeast
Cindy Chu, GeoAdaptive Analyst, also instructor at Stonehill College, began her spring course, “Introduction to GIS.”


November 18, 2013 | GeoAdaptive risk and resilience expert presents at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Brittany Meece, Risk and Resilience analyst, presented recent work from GeoAdaptive focusing on natural hazard vulnerability and risk in Latin American cities, at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). The group consisted of the advisor of and students from the Risk and Resilience concentration of the Masters of Design Studies program at the GSD. Photo credit: Alex Chen

October 18, 2013 | GeoAdaptive shares important Sea Level Rise projections with Boston neighborhood of Charlestown
GeoAdaptive provided pro bono support to develop a Sea Level Rise assessment to Charlestown in Boston. GeoAdaptive Senior Analyst Barry Fradkin, presented at the Waterfront Coalition’s “Rising Tides Forum” at Bunker Hill Community College.



August, 2011 | GeoAdaptive partner Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno is invited to present at the International Congress of the International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE) in Beijing, China.

August, 2011 | GeoAdaptive partner Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno invited to speak at the National Ecosystems Restoration Conference in Baltimore.

June, 2011 | GeoAdaptive partner Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno invited to speak at the 2011 Applied Geography Conference (Oct 2011).

May, 2011 | GeoAdaptive partner Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno is invited to present at the event: “Sea Level Rise Adaptation in the Florida Keys: Conserving Terrestrial and Intertidal Natural Areas and Native Species”.

May, 2011 | GeoAdaptive partner Michael Flaxman to speak at the 2011 DLA Digital Landscape Architecture Conference.

April, 2011| GeoAdaptive partner Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno is invited to present at the event:: “Influence of Sea Level Rise on Natural Systems of the Greater Everglades” Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton campus (April 5-7, 2011).

March, 2011 | GeoAdaptive partner Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno to give presentation to oficials of the Sustainable Cities Climate Change Program at the Interamerical Development Bank, Washington DC.

March, 2011 | GeoAdaptive partner Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno lectures at the Department of Interior – U.S. Geological Survey in Reston VA on scenario planning, climate change and urbanization.

March, 2011 | GeoAdaptive partner Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno lectures at the Veritas University. San Jose, Costa Rica on territorial design and planning.

March, 2011 | GeoAdaptive partner Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno to speak on Strategic and Conservation Scenario Planning at the Sea-Level Rise Conference at the Florida Keys.

Feb, 2011 | GeoAdaptive partner Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno co-teaches the first trasnboundary landscape planning course between the Madrid and the Castilla-La Mancha Provinces, Spain. Organized by the Fundacion Paisaje, the San Pablo CEU University, Madrid, the Castilla la Mancha Government and the Metropoli Foundation.

Feb, 2011 | GeoAdaptive partner Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno lectures at the the National Sustainability Observatory at University of Alcala, Spain.

January, 2011 | GeoAdaptive partners Flaxman and Vargas-Moreno Lead Optimization and Participatory Groups in Innovative GeoDesign Workshop in Redlands, California.


December, 2010 | GeoAdaptive partner Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno is invited to lecture at the University of Florida, Water Institute as part of the Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series.

November, 2010 | GeoAdaptive partner Michael Flaxman Featured Presenter for “Healthy Communities by Design”

Fall, 2010 | GeoAdaptive partner Michael Flaxman GeoDesign Definition Continues to be Widely Cited

September, 2010 | GoeAdaptive senior associate Sophia Emperador and Mary Lydecker present the paper “Lots of Lots: A Strategy for Integrating Transitional Lots into the Culture, Economy, and Ecology of Cities” at the Americas Regional Conference, International Federation of Landscape Architects in Santiago, Chile.

June, 2010 | GeoAdaptive partner Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno gives a talk at the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Science Conference (GEER). The title of the lecture is: Participatory Scenario Planning and Simulation for Climate Change Adaptation: An Applied Research to Peninsular Florida.


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