Lilian Alessa


Center for Resilient Communities/DHS Arctic Domain Awareness Center


University of Idaho

lalessa [at]


875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, ID 83844
United States

Brief Biography

Dr. Lilian Alessa is the University of Idaho President's Professor of Resilient Landscapes and is Co-Director of the University of Idaho Center for Resilient Communities. She works extensively with the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense. Her expertise is in social adaptation to environmental change through resilient design at landscape scales. She has authored over 100 publications and reports and has led the development of two federal climate resilience toolbox assessments: the Arctic Water Resources Vulnerability Index (AWRVI) and the Arctic Adaptation Exchange Portal (AAEP).

Science Specialties

resilience and adaptation science; complexity science; environmental security; all domain situational awareness; community based observing networks

Current Research