Metcalf Institute’s 2018 Annual Public Lecture Series – Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Impacts and Action Steps

We’re celebrating 20 years of bringing science to the conversation!
Join us at public receptions following lectures Monday through Thursday

A series of massive hurricanes, record heat waves, and intense winter storms have caused enormous damage over the past year. How do scientists make the connection between these extreme weather events and climate change? What are communities, policy experts and decision-makers doing to understand and adapt to a changing climate? These topics and more will take center stage at Metcalf Institute’s 2018 Annual Public Lecture Series, June 11 – 15, at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

The weeklong series will bring leaders in science, policy and journalism to the URI to explore the latest research, as well as innovative and collaborative efforts to respond to climate change. We’ll also learn how journalists are using cutting-edge immersive technologies to take their audiences to the front line of environmental news stories.

Thanks to the generous support of donors, all lectures are free and will be held in Corless Auditorium at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography on the Narragansett Bay Campus, 215 South Ferry Road in Narragansett.

Celebrating 20 Years
Lecture attendees are invited to join us at receptions celebrating Metcalf’s 20th anniversary immediately following the Monday through Thursday lectures.

Monday, June 11, 3:30 p.m.
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. Dupigny-Giroux will explain how scientists approach uncertainty in the research that connects extreme weather and our changing climate, while sharing the latest scientific insights on these disruptive weather patterns. Join us for a reception celebrating Metcalf’s 20th anniversary following this lecture.

Tuesday, June 12, 3:30 p.m.
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.

Wednesday, June 13, 3:30 p.m.
Is Immersive Storytelling the Future of Journalism?
Jean Yves Chainon, CEO, JYC, and Founder, 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 360° 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.

Thursday, June 14, 3:30 p.m.
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.

Friday, June 15, 11 a.m.
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.

About Metcalf Institute
Part of the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, Metcalf Institute is a global leader in providing environmental science training for journalists. The Institute also offers communication workshops for scientists, science resources for journalists, webinars, and free public lectures on a wide range of environmental topics. Metcalf Institute was established at the URI in 1997 with funding from three media foundations: the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, with additional support from the Telaka Foundation.