Dr. Juliano Calil has almost 20 years of experience designing and implementing complex decisions support systems, across multiple industries and subject areas, including: Coastal Vulnerability Assessment and Coastal Adaptation plans, Flood Insurance (NFIP), Census and Demographic Data, Cost Benefit Analysis, and Finance. Juliano has extensive project management experience, having successfully planned and executed various projects at various Fortune 500 corporations (all on time and under budget). Recently, Juliano developed an original approach to identify coastal areas with potential to meet multiple objectives including Flood Risk Reduction, Natural Habitat Conservation, and Social Vulnerability Remediation. He has also employed a combination of machine learning techniques and a spatial index to assess coastal risks in a comparative scale. In recent years, Juliano has supported multiple studies focused on coastal vulnerability assessment and adaptation in California, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean. Juliano Received his Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2017, with a thesis entitled “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Coastal Adaptation”. He received his Masters of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012.

Areas of Interest

Calil’s work is motivated by the urgent need for equitable adaptation approaches to minimize the impacts related to climate change, with a focus on coastal communities. In his research and classes, he combines data from multiple disciplines including climate science, natural habitats, and socioeconomic indicators, to identify vulnerabilities and opportunities to reduce future risk. Calil is also focused on improving the connections between science and policy and science communication to diverse audiences. He has published studies in California, Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and The Mid-Atlantic region.


Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Ocean Sciences and Coastal Adaptation, University of California Santa Cruz, 2017
  • Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM), Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California Santa Barbara, 2012
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brazil, 1997

Professor Calil has been teaching at the Institute since 2017.

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    Virtual Reality Enhances Sea Level Rise Planning and Community Engagement

    | by City of Santa Cruz

    Researchers from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, the Virtual Human Interaction Lab and the Lemann Center at Stanford University, in a partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the City of Santa Cruz, and Virtual Planet Technologies announced today the publication of a groundbreaking study about the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in sea level rise planning and community engagement. The study is part of the special issue of Water, a peer-reviewed journal on water science and technology, dedicated to “Adaptation to Coastal Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise” which will be released on May 13, 2021.