2014 Annual Public Lecture Series

Scientists and Journalists: Getting the Point Across

June 2 – 6, 2014

Coastal Institute on Narragansett Bay, Auditorium
University of Rhode Island
Graduate School of Oceanography
218 South Ferry Road
Narragansett, RI 02882

All lectures are free and open to the public. Look for lecture videos  on the Metcalf Institute You Tube channel.


Monday - Andrew Freedman 101x151 Monday, June 2, 3:30 p.m.
Covering Climate Change in the Digital Age
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Ranked the most prolific climate reporter in the U.S. in 2012, Andrew Freedman covers climate change for Mashable.com, “one of the most engaged digital networks in the world.” Freedman discussed the challenges of accurately covering extreme weather events in the context of climate change and the opportunities this beat offers for journalistic innovation.
Tuesday - Gretchen 101x151 Tuesday, June 3, 3:30 p.m.
The Ocean Acidification Challenge: A pH Balancing Act
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Gretchen Hofmann, University of California at Santa Barbara, discussed the latest research on ocean acidification and the potential for marine organisms to adapt to a dramatically altered environment, now and in the future.
Wednesday -Margaret Davidson 101x151 Wednesday, June 4, 3:30 p.m.
Building Resilience: How Coastal Communities Can Roll With the Punches
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Margaret Davidson, NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, described state and regional efforts to adapt to climate change on U.S. coasts, with a focus on new strategies for building healthy and resilient coastal communities.
Thursday-Camilo Mora 101x151 Thursday, June 5, 3:30 p.m.
Using Big Data to Understand Earth’s Future
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Unprecedented rates of current climate change will force species to either adapt, move, or become extinct, in turn affecting everything from food supply to jobs. Camilo Mora, University of Hawaii, discussed recent global-scale research to project where and how soon we might see these changes.
Friday - Howard kunreuther 101x151 Friday, June 6, 11 a.m.
Managing Risk for an Uncertain Future
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Howard Kunreuther, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, discussed the challenges and uncertainties facing residents, business, and government in responding to climate change projections, focusing on the roles of mitigation, adaptation, and insurance in managing catastrophic risks.

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