2015 Annual Public Lecture Series

Scientists and Journalists: Getting the Point Across

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. The line up for the 2016 Annual Public Lecture Series will be announced in the coming months. View past lecture videos on the Metcalf Institute YouTube channel.


Claudia Tebaldi 101x152 Monday, June 8, 3:30 p.m.
Making Sense of Uncertainty: What Do Climate Models Tell Us?
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Computer models help researchers understand the range of possible climate conditions in the future. But how accurate are those projections? Claudia Tebaldi, National Center for Atmospheric Research and Science Fellow at Climate Central, talkd about how she analyzes climate models to determine the degree of uncertainty in their projections.
Douglas McCauley 101x152 Tuesday, June 9, 3:30 p.m.
Small Actions, Large Impacts:
How Humans Are Changing the Ocean and What We Can Do About It
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Douglas McCauley,
University of California Santa Barbara, will discuss how the global oceans have been affected by marine species loss and recent shifts in the ways that humans use marine ecosystems. He highlighted ways that decision makers can use this information to protect the health and resiliency of ocean ecosystems.
Geoffrey Scott 101x152 Wednesday, June 10, 3:30 p.m.
Climate Change, Coastal Urbanization, and Water: A Recipe for Disaster
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How safe is the water we drink and swim in and the seafood we consume? Dr. Geoffrey I. Scott, University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, presented findings on the effects of urban runoff, pollution, and as-yet unregulated contaminants on water quality and ecosystem health and how climate change may exacerbate these effects.
Ben Preston 101x152 Thursday, June 11, 3:30 p.m.
Fatal Shores: Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities
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Many communities are actively working to reduce the societal impacts of climate change through innovative planning and collaborations. Ben Preston, deputy director, Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, described some of the socioeconomic impacts of climate change and related coastal adaptation efforts.
Drapkin Friday, June 12, 11 a.m.
Citizen Science and the Future of Environmental Journalism
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Environmental journalist and Metcalf Institute alumna Julia Kumari Drapkin is on the cutting edge of journalism. She shared her unique crowdsourced public media experiment, iSeeChange, that helps citizens access scientific data and observe and understand the environmental changes happening in their own backyards.

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*All lecture sketch notes courtesy of Katie Pratt, Ph.D. – Office of Marine Programs, URI Graduate School of Oceanography.

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