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Climate Change in Narragansett Bay: What’s the Story?

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March 12, 2015
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Shepard Building
URI Feinstein Campus
80 Washington Street
Providence, RI

Courtesy: Center for Environmental Visualization

Courtesy: Center for Environmental Visualization, University of Washington

How to Translate Scientific Data to Engage Your Audience
Many individuals and organizations in Rhode Island are actively working to convey the science and impacts of climate change to Rhode Islanders and beyond. However, in spite of decades of physical, chemical, and biological data from Narragansett Bay, we collectively struggle to share this information in a way that is compelling, relevant, and accessible for nonscientific audiences.

To address this challenge, the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting presented a free, daylong workshop showcasing the use of data visualization, graphic design, and other creative tools and methods to develop compelling stories about climate change using data from Narragansett Bay.

The workshop featured scientists, artists, design experts, and communication specialists who provided a variety of professional perspectives and approaches to data visualization and storytelling. Participants developed their own “data narratives” about climate change during interactive sessions.

The workshop was the culmination of a project funded by the Rhode Island Science & Technology Council that brought faculty, staff, and students at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Rhode Island School of Design, and Metcalf Institute together to develop compelling data narratives about climate change in Narragansett Bay.

Featured Speakers
Susanne Menden-Deuer, Professor of Biological Oceanography, URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Neal Overstrom, Director, Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, Rhode Island School of Design
Rafael Attias, Artist and Professor of Graphic Design, Rhode Island School of Design
Mark Stoermer, Director, Center for Environmental Visualization at University of Washington
Nathalie Miebach, Sculptor and Composer
Lynsy Smithson-Stanley, Deputy Director, Climate & Strategic Initiatives at National Audubon Society


This workshop is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island Science & Technology Advisory Council and partial support from the URI Coastal Institute.

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