2018 Annual Public Lecture Series

metcalf-20yearsstamp-900-1Corless Auditorium
University of Rhode Island
Graduate School of Oceanography
218 South Ferry Road
Narragansett, RI 02882

 Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence: Bringing Science to the Conversation

Look for videos of Metcalf Institute’s 20th Annual Public Lecture Series on Metcalf’s YouTube channel in the coming weeks. Read speaker bios. View past lecture videos.



Lesley Ann Dupigney
Monday, June 11
Extreme Weather and Climate Change: What’s the Connection? 
Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, University of Vermont
Record heat waves, storms, and unusually large hurricanes have catastrophic impacts on people and infrastructure. Dr. Dupigny-Giroux will explain how scientists approach uncertainty in the research that connects extreme weather and our changing climate, and share the latest scientific insights on these disruptive weather patterns. Join us for a reception celebrating Metcalf’s 20th anniversary following this lecture.

Amir Jina
Tuesday, June 12
The Bottom Line: Climate Change and the American Economy 
Amir Jina, University of Chicago
The U.S. suffered an estimated $300 billion in economic losses from extreme weather events in 2017. Climate change affects the economy in many ways, from agricultural yields to electricity demand and mortality. Jina will present the work of the Climate Impact Lab, which uses big data to forecast future damages from these impacts and inform effective fiscal policies. Join us for a reception celebrating Metcalf’s 20th anniversary following this lecture.

Jean Yves Chainon
Wednesday, June 13
Is Immersive Storytelling the Future of Journalism? 
Jean Yves Chainon, CEO of JYC and Founder of OOAworld
Virtual reality, augmented reality and 360 video are transforming the way storytellers and journalists engage news audiences in a wide range of topics including climate change. Merging cutting edge technology and immersive storytelling, Chainon, former VR Producer at The New York Times and leader in the use of AR, VR, and 360o videos and, will describe how content creators can use these tools to bring audiences closer to the issues they cover. Join us for a reception celebrating Metcalf’s 20th anniversary following this lecture.

Amy Snover

Thursday, June 14
How Will We Handle a World with No “Normal”? Preparing for a Changing Climate
Amy Snover, University of Washington
Extreme weather events in coastal communities cause flooding and coastal erosion, damage infrastructure, and put people at risk. To plan for future climate risks, we must challenge deeply held assumptions about the stability of our global climate that are embedded in our laws and institutions. Snover will discuss new collaborations between scientists and local decision-makers that will help communities thrive in this era of uncertainty. Join us for a reception celebrating Metcalf’s 20th anniversary following this lecture.

Richard Moss


Friday, June 15
Sparking a Transition to Local Leadership for Climate Action
Richard Moss, Columbia University
Researchers, resource managers, and local climate practitioners are developing new strategies for managing climate change impacts. Moss, former chair of the disbanded Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment (NCA), will preview an independent advisory committee’s recommendations for ways the NCA, our nation’s definitive source for information on the impacts of global environment change, could accelerate innovation in climate science to support climate action.

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