2015 Annual Science Immersion Workshop Agenda

17th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

Coastal Impacts: Global Change in Coastal Environments
June 7-12, 2015
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Sunday, June 7
Science From the Ground Up
3:00 p.m.    Fellowship Convenes

3:00-4:00    Orientation (Hampton Inn South Kingstown Meeting Room)
Sunshine Menezes, Katharine McDuffie, Metcalf Institute
Introduction to Metcalf Institute, the Annual Science Immersion Workshop, the 2015 Metcalf Fellows, and overview of activities and goals for the week.

4:15
Depart for University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography via 12-passenger     van from the Hampton Inn front entrance.

4:30-6:00    Presentation and Discussion
(Challenger Conference Room, Ocean Science Exploration Center
University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography)
The Building Blocks of Scientific Knowledge
Art Gold, URI College of Environment and Life Sciences; Scott McWilliams, URI College of Environment and Life Sciences; Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute

“Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which
it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.”
Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

Although scientists see peer review, which occurs prior to the publication of a study, as an essential stage in the development of scientific consensus, the average news consumer is not exposed to the process of peer review. Yet familiarity with the different stages of scientific inquiry is critical to understanding the culture of science. Presenters will review the culture and practice of science, ranging from the identification of research questions and the nature of scientific uncertainty to the peer review process.

6:00-7:15    Dinner  (Nautilus Galley, Ocean Science Exploration Center)

7:30    Van departs for Hampton Inn

Monday, June 8
Connecting Science to Public Policy
Checklist:

  • Metcalf binder
  • Completed Sunday survey
  • Beach-ready footwear
  • Sweater/fleece

Breakfast service begins at 6 a.m. in the lobby of the Hampton Inn, and a packed breakfast-to-go is available on request at the Front Desk. Fellows should be ready at the entrance before departure time each day. The Metcalf van will arrive 10-15 minutes prior to departure, as noted on the daily agendas, and wait at the entrance. The van will depart at the time designated on the agenda.

6:00-8:30 a.m.    Breakfast  (Hampton Inn)

8:45    Van departs for GSO  (Hampton Inn front entrance)

9:00-10:00 Presentation  (GSO Coastal Institute Large Conference Room)
Introduction to Global Change
Becky Robinson, URI GSO
The term, “global change,” refers to a wide range of environmental responses to human activities. Climate change is a significant aspect of modern day global change, but it is not synonymous with the other term. This session will set the stage for understanding the science and implications of global change, concluding with a concise summary of the major conclusions from the recent National Climate Assessment and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports.

10:00-10:15    Break

10:15-11:15    Science Translation I  (CI Large Conference Room)
Graphing for Communication of Complex Data
Colin Jones, URI GSO Graduate Student
This session will provide an introduction to the basics of interpreting graphs and some commonly used statistical terms. Fellows will apply these skills in an informal challenge to interpret more complex graphs.

11:15-2:45 p.m.    Presentations and Fieldwork
Projected increases in sea level and coastal storms as a result of climate change will affect coastal communities in numerous ways, from destabilizing coastal infrastructure through accelerated coastal erosion to more frequent and far-reaching inland flooding. Scientists, coastal managers and emergency management agencies are racing to develop updated and geographically expanded flood zone maps needed to inform many difficult decisions regarding the protection of coastal environments, infrastructure and public safety. This afternoon’s activities will provide scientific and policy perspectives on the challenges of projecting and planning for the effects of climate change in coastal zones.

11:15-12:00    Presentation  (CI Large Conference Room)
Climate Impacts in Coastal Zones, Part 1:
Bryan Oakley, Eastern Connecticut State University
Oakley will provide an overview of coastal geological processes, including the formation and nature of a barrier, the impacts of sea level rise, and storm-induced erosion and inland flooding, using Rhode Island’s south shore as a case study.

12:00-12:45    Lunch  (CI Large Conference Room)

12:30-1:00    Presentation  (CI Large Conference Room)
Climate Impacts in Coastal Zones, Part 2
Grover Fugate, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council
Fugate will describe Rhode Island’s Beach Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP), an innovative, science-based coastal management plan for Rhode Island’s south shore.

1:00    Depart for South Kingstown beaches  (CI front entrance)

1:30-2:45    Fieldwork  (Matunuck and Roy Carpenter’s Beaches)
Measuring Short- and Long-Term Changes in Coastal Zones
Brian Caccioppoli, URI GSO; Janet Freedman, Grover Fugate, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council; Bryan Oakley, Eastern Connecticut State University
Fellows will tour two beaches on Rhode Island’s south shore, Matunuck Beach and Roy Carpenter’s Beach. Matunuck Beach offers a vivid picture of the infrastructure challenges posed by sea level rise and its related short and long-term effects. Fugate, Freedman, Oakley, and Caccioppoli will discuss the impacts of severe coastal erosion in a beachfront community that is literally stuck between rocks and a hard place. Fellows will then visit Roy Carpenter’s Beach in South Kingstown and observe a more proactive approach to managing the effects of sea level rise on a coastal community.

Mapping sea level rise requires detailed elevation data for beaches and other coastal formations. Fellows will learn about the methods used to measure and map coastal elevation for use in flood and storm surge mapping at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Established in the early 1960s, the Rhode Island State Beach Survey monitors eight survey sites along Rhode Island’s south shore on a biweekly basis during the fall, winter and spring, and monthly during the summer. When combined with local climatological information, beach profile elevation data identify seasonal, annual and decadal beach changes, as well as the beach’s response to storm events and sand replenishment projects. Fellows will split into two groups at Roy Carpenter’s beach to learn about the management implications of coastal erosion with Janet Freedman and Grover Fugate and to use the same equipment and techniques as the State Beach Survey to measure a beach profile with guidance from Caccioppoli and Oakley.

2:45    Depart for GSO

3:30-4:45    Public Lecture  (GSO Coastal Institute Auditorium)
Making Sense of Uncertainty: What Do Climate Models Tell Us?
Claudia Tebaldi, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Computer models help researchers understand the range of possible climate conditions in the future. But how accurate are those projections? Tebaldi, project scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and science fellow at Climate Central, will describe the concept of general circulation climate models, including their strengths and limitations, and how scientific uncertainties affect model projections. Currently, the standard approach toward developing climate projections compares multiple models to identify areas of consensus and disagreement. This approach poses a variety of challenges, however, which Tebaldi will discuss from her perspective as a statistician.

5:00-6:30    Reception and Dinner  (GSO Mosby Center)
Welcome to the URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Bruce H. Corliss, URI GSO
Overview of Tuesday Activities
Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute

6:45    Van departs for Hampton Inn  (Mosby Center entrance)

Tuesday, June 9
Long-Term Research: The Importance of Establishing Baselines
Checklist:

  • Metcalf binder
  • completed Monday survey
  • non-skid closed-toed shoes
  • rain gear, possibly
  • change of clothing
  • sweater/fleece

8:00 a.m.    Van departs for the Fort Wetherill Marine Fisheries Lab, Jamestown, R.I.(Hampton Inn front entrance)

8:30-11:15    Fieldwork and Lab Practicum  (Narragansett Bay)
Assessing the State of Coastal Fisheries
Scott Olszewski, R.I. Department of Environmental Management; Captain Richard Mello, R.I. Department of Environmental Management
Fellows will gain an appreciation for the development of a long-term data series by participating in the Marine Fisheries Coastal Trawl Survey on Narragansett Bay. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Fisheries Section, has been monitoring finfish populations in Narragansett Bay since 1968. The survey provides trends in relative abundance and predictions of recruitment of many finfish species found throughout Rhode Island waters. The R.I. DEM stock status assessments are critical for developing management advice to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council and the New England Fishery Management Council. The monthly RI DEM trawl identifies finfish and crustaceans in Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sounds at 44 stations in the spring and fall each year, using an otter trawl for the equivalent distance of .83 nautical miles of sea floor at each station. Wind direction and speed, sea condition, air temperature and cloud cover, and surface and bottom water temperatures are recorded. The R.I. DEM trawl is complemented by the URI GSO Fish Trawl Survey and Plankton Survey. GSO’s plankton monitoring project began in the 1950s and the fish trawl celebrates its 56th year in 2015; the data gathered from these efforts have informed scientists around the world.

8:30 a.m.    Arrive Fort Wetherill, board the R/V John H. Chafee (R.I. DEM research vessel). Captain Richard Mello will review safety guidelines and Principal Investigator Scott Olszewski will explain the trawler’s functions and the significance of the time series.

8:45-11    Depart for fisheries trawl in Narragansett Bay, rain or shine. Steam to a fixed R.I. DEM station north of the Newport Bridge, depending on weather. Olszewski will demonstrate measurements of surface and bottom water temperature, dissolved oxygen, salinity and pH, which are regularly collected as part of the fish survey. At our destination Olszewski will demonstrate trawl deployment and how to collect samples. Fellows will participate in identifying and sorting fish species; counting and weighing the catch; logging catch data; and will discuss how these data can be analyzed to inform fisheries management. As time permits on the boat, Olszewski and Fellows will discuss how the trawl data reflect the ecology of Narragansett Bay, climate change impacts and fisheries management issues.

11:15    Van departs for GSO

11:45-12:30 p.m.    Lunch  (CI Large Conference Room)
A Window into the Sea
Compound microscopes will be set up with plankton samples, allowing Fellows to view some phytoplankton and zooplankton common to Narragansett Bay.

12:15-12:45    Presentation (CI Large Conference Room)
Marine Food Webs, Long-term Data Sets and the GSO Fish Trawl Survey
Anna Malek, URI GSO
Malek will describe the GSO Fish Trawl Survey and how the data gathered from these efforts have informed scientists around the world about marine food webs. She will explain the significance of developing a long-term data series for putting research questions into context for public policy and future scientific studies.

12:45-1:00    Break

1:00-2:00    Presentation  (CI Large Conference Room)
The Journalist’s Guide to Understanding and Explaining Probabilities
Jon Hare, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Policy decisions about global change are made, like most policy decisions, based on the risks of various outcomes for public health, economic security, and/or environmental protection. Yet very few people actually understand the probabilistic mathematics involved in climate models, the methods scientists use to constrain their uncertainty about a certain result, or even what a “probability” really means. This session will provide a primer on probabilities, confidence levels, and some basic statistical concepts that are often miscommunicated. This discussion won’t make you an expert, but will allow you to feel more confident digging into, and perhaps questioning, the numbers in scientific papers, government reports, or non-profits’ press releases.

2:00-3:00    Science Translation II  (CI Large Conference Room)
Deconstructing a Scientific Publication
Metcalf Fellows; Brian Caccioppoli, Mary Dzaugis, Anna Malek, URI GSO; Douglas McCauley, University of California at Santa Barbara; David Smith, URI GSO
For this Science Translation session, Fellows will partner with scientists in five groups. Using a pre-assigned paper as a model, scientists will review the structure of the published paper and present each pair of journalists with tips and tools that can be used to effectively read and “translate” a science journal article. Pre-assigned papers are inserted in the Fellows’ binders under the Tuesday tab. Journalists and scientists will exchange ideas about how to interpret the main ideas of the paper for news audiences. At the end of the exercise, each group will share a specific translation tip gained during the session.

3:00-3:15    Break

3:30-4:45    Public Lecture  (CI Auditorium)
Small Actions, Large Impacts: How Humans Are Changing the Ocean and What We Can Do About It
Douglas McCauley, University of California at Santa Barbara
McCauley will discuss historical and contemporary patterns of animal loss in the global oceans in an effort to highlight ways to protect the health and resiliency of ocean ecosystems. To help contextualize human impacts in the ocean, he compares the chronology of animal loss on both land and in the sea, illustrating how much later humans began engineering change in the oceans versus on land. Nevertheless, humans have had profound effects on the abundance of both large and small marine fauna. These declines in abundance have been shown to generate waves of ecological change that travel both up and down marine food webs and severely alter the functioning of ocean ecosystems. The stakes for understanding our impacts on marine wildlife are high, Our intense reliance on ocean ecosystems for food and myriad other ecosystem services makes for high stakes, but McCauley argues that we still have the ability to salvage impacted marine animal populations.

5:00-6:30    Reception and Dinner  (Mosby Center)
Overview of Wednesday Activities
Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute

6:45 p.m.    Van departs for Hampton Inn  (Mosby Center front entrance)

Wednesday, June 10
Limitations to the Science/Policy Interface: When Is There Enough Information?
Checklist:

  • Metcalf binder
  • completed Tuesday survey
  • closed-toed shoes (for lab)
  • sweater/fleece

8:45 a.m.    Van departs for GSO  (Hampton Inn front entrance)

9:00-12:00     Fieldwork and Lab  (CI Large Conference Room, U.S. EPA Pier, Horn Laboratory)
Assessing the Risks of Emerging Contaminants
Researchers have been tracking water quality since shortly after the Clean Water Act was passed in 1973. This law required the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set standards for contaminants in surface waters, with the goals of making U.S. waters fishable and swimmable. In the intervening decades, some additional pollutants have raised concerns among scientists and regulators. These so-called emerging contaminants are not necessarily new pollutants, but are pollutants with perceived health threats for which there are insufficient toxicological data to support health standards or guidelines. In this session, Fellows will learn about some of the methods used for detecting pollutants that are often present in minute quantities within coastal waters.

9:00-9:45    Presentation (CI Large Conference Room)
Introduction to Marine Pollutants and Emerging Contaminants
Carrie McDonough, URI GSO
Marine pollutants, including emerging contaminants, can have a variety of ecological and human health impacts. Recently, researchers have begun to explore the effects of mixtures of compounds. Given our simultaneous exposures to multiple contaminants, it is important to understand what these interactions mean for organisms across food webs. Expect a consequence-free quiz!

9:45-10:00    Walk to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pier.

10:00-10:45    Fieldwork  (U.S. EPA Pier)
Understanding Natural Variability and Sample Size
Ben Chebot, Erik Dixon-Anderson, Rainer Lohmann, Caoxin Sun, URI GSO
Fellows will gather at the EPA pier for introductions and an overview of the sampling equipment. Fellows will split into three groups to participate, by rotating, in three sampling activities designed to illustrate the use of both passive and active sampling methods, with 15 minutes at each station. At each station, Fellows will record their measurements on supplied data sheets.

Station 1 – Sediment Sampling with Erik: Fellows will collect samples using a sediment grab. These sediments will be transferred to a collection vessel and then placed into pre-cleaned glass jars and labeled.

Station 2 – Passive Sampling with Ben: Fellows will retrieve passive samplers that were deployed earlier to collect sufficient data. Wearing gloves, Fellows will use wire cutters to take the polyethylene (PE) samplers off of the line, and place the PE within pre-cleaned aluminum foil swatches. Each group will collect a field blank to act as a control sample. After labeling the foil-covered samples with the sampler name, depth, and date retrieved, Fellows will deploy pre-cleaned PE samplers onto the same line.

Station 3 – Active Sampling with Caoxin: Fellows will deploy and retrieve samples using an active water sampling apparatus, polyurethane foam (PUF) samplers. Fellows will squeeze the water out of the PUFs and place them into their individual airtight containers, which they will then label. As the filter is inserted and removed, Fellows will record the amount and rate of water used in the active water sampling.

10:45-11:00    Walk to Horn Laboratory on the GSO campus.

11:00-12:00    Lab Practicum  (GSO Horn Lab)
Analyzing Environmental Pollutants
Benjamin Chebot, Erik Dixon-Anderson, Carrie McDonough, Rainer Lohmann, Caoxin Sun, URI GSO
Fellows will split into three groups to observe and assist in the analytical methods for detecting concentrations of very dilute contaminants in water and sediment samples. Fellows will observe the use of Soxhlet extraction, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), Accelerated Solvent Extraction, and turbovap.

Station 1 – Lobster and Soxhlet Extraction with Ben and Erik: Fellows will observe how lobsters are analyzed for pollutants.

Station 2 – PE Extraction with Caoxin: Fellows will observe how low-density polyethylene samplers are extracted.

Station 3 – GC-MS with Carrie: Fellows will observe how a GC-MS operates and analyze the data created by the instrument.

12:00-12:15    Walk across campus to the Coastal Institute building

12:15-1:00    Lunch (CI Large Conference Room and terrace)

12:45-1:15    Discussion (CI Large Conference Room)

Water Quality Research to Inform Environmental Policy

Timothy Gleason, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Atlantic Ecology Division

Understanding and regulating marine pollutants is a major challenge linking scientists and policy-makers. Gleason will describe the process by which U.S. EPA researchers provide tools for diagnosing and predicting the effects of human activities on aquatic resources and wildlife. Scientists at the U.S. EPA’s Atlantic Ecology Division (AED), located next door to the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, conduct research to enhance the understanding of how human activities affect land and waters of the Atlantic seaboard. AED also provides research support to EPA program and regional offices, as well as state and local governments.

1:15-1:30    Break

1:30-3:00    Science Translation III  (CI Large Conference Room)
Telling the Science Story
Metcalf Fellows; Brian Caccioppoli, URI GSO; Reza Hashemi, URI Ocean Engineering; Gordon Ober, URI College of Environment and Life Sciences; Ben Preston, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Christina Wertman, URI GSO
For the final Science Translation session, Fellows will again gather in five groups. Building on the science translation tools identified on Monday and Tuesday and with the help of participating scientists, Fellows will read and translate a science journal article and identify one or two key conclusions from the paper. Fellows will then take the lead to help scientists identify a news hook for the article and develop a pitch to cover the scientific paper. For each group, the journalist will summarize the conclusions of the scientific journal article, and the scientist will give a brief pitch for a news story relating to those conclusions.

3:30-4:45     Public Lecture  (CI Auditorium)
Climate Change, Coastal Urbanization, and Water: A Recipe for Disaster
Geoffrey I. Scott, University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health
Increased urbanization is a problem globally, as >55% of the world’s population lives within 50 miles of the coast, 33 of the 50 largest cities in the world are located there, and >80% of world commerce is transported by ships. The compression of most of the population into the coastal zone (only 8% of the Earth’s surface) creates a dilemma for environmental managers. Climate change, when viewed in combination with unprecedented, global urbanization, poses even greater impacts on environmental quality and human health. Scott will discuss the impacts of coastal urban development in light of the additive effects of climate change and urbanization on ecosystem health.  Public health effects on seafood safety and contact recreation will also be discussed in terms of current and future health care costs.

5:00-6:30    Reception and Dinner  (Mosby Center)
Overview of Thursday activities
Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute

6:45        Van departs for the Hampton Inn  (Mosby front entrance)

Thursday, June 11
Integrating Near and Long-Term Goals for Protection of Natural Resources
Checklist:

  • Metcalf binder
  • completed Wednesday survey
  • boat + beach-appropriate footwear
  • change of clothing for Newport
  • sweater/fleece

8:30 a.m.    Van departs for Ocean House Marina, Charlestown  (Hampton Inn front entrance)

9:00-12:00    Fieldwork and Lab Practicum  (South Shore Management Area)
Restoration of Coastal Wetlands Under Sea Level Rise
Caitlin Chaffee, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council; Wenley Ferguson, Save The Bay; Steve McCandless, Town of Charlestown
Coastal wetlands function as nursery habitats for commercially important species, and also serve as natural barriers that moderate the effects of coastal storms. These valuable ecosystems (also referred to as salt marshes) have been the focus of extensive restoration efforts in recent decades to restore their natural functions after centuries of damage from human activities. Restoration efforts begun in recent years have been designed specifically to address the effects of sea level rise in coastal wetlands.

9:00-9:15    Participants will be transported by boat across Ninigret Pond in Charlestown to the Rhode Island South Shore Management Area adjacent to the Charlestown Breachway. En route, Fellows will hear a brief history of the pond and previous habitat restoration efforts.

9:15-11:00    The group will disembark at a site that has been targeted for a federally-funded restoration project to raise marsh surface elevations and restore a nearby barrier beach via the placement of dredged material from the adjacent channel. The goals of the project are to allow the marsh, which is exhibiting degradation related to sea level rise, to re-vegetate and reestablish a diverse mosaic of functional habitats that will benefit sensitive marsh-obligate species.

Fellows will be divided into two groups for demonstrations of various data collection methods, and will then collect their own data. One station will be focused on marsh vegetation diversity and abundance, including plant community composition, species abundance and height. The second station will be focused on geospatial data collection using a Real Time Kinematic (RTK) receiver to collect elevation data and a Trimble Geo7 GPS unit to collect horizontal data and map different zones on the marsh surface. The groups will then convene to share data and discuss its uses and implications for the project and the marsh system in general.

11:00-11:15    Transfer by boat back to Ocean House Marina.

11:30        Van departs for GSO  (Ocean House Marina)

12:00-12:45    Lunch  (CI Large Conference Room and terrace)

1:00-3:00     Role Playing Exercise  (CI Large Conference Room)

NOTE: This session is off the record.
Helping Cities Adapt to Climate Change Risks
Metcalf Fellows; Barbara Cardiff, Westerly Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce; Lauren Carson, Clean Water Action and Rhode Island State Representative;
Jameson Chace, Salve Regina University; Teresa Crean, Rhode Island Sea Grant and URI Coastal Resources Center; David Everett, Providence Planning Department;
Jon Ford, Horsley Witten Group; Fred Presley, Town of West Warwick
Planning for climate change adaptation requires the coordination of a large number of individuals, agencies, and institutions. To be successful, this planning also requires negotiation among these many parties. Following brief introductions, each speaker will partner with one or more Fellows to represent a pre-assigned organization in a role-playing exercise developed by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard University. This seven-person negotiation includes local government, community, business, environmental, and engineering representatives who are trying to reach agreement on a strategy for managing climate change risks in the fictional coastal New England city of Northam.

3:00-3:15    Break

3:30-4:45    Public Lecture (CI Auditorium)
Fatal Shores: Managing Climate Risk in Coastal Communities
Benjamin L. Preston, Climate Change Science Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Coastal areas have attracted human settlements for thousands of years. Lying at the interface between land and ocean, they represent not just beauty, but also opportunity. However, coasts also represent hazardous landscapes, and thus the sustainability of coastal settlements is dependent upon maintaining a balance between risk and reward. Over the past three decades, global climate change and its implications for sea-level rise have been a growing concern for coastal communities. Meanwhile, coastal communities are also at risk from a variety of other climate hazards typical of other types of geographies. Many communities are therefore actively working to reduce the potential impacts of climate change through innovative planning and collaboration. Preston will describe some of the key climatic and non-climatic factors contributing to escalating risk in coastal communities, discuss the consequences that could result, and also highlight the diverse coastal adaptation efforts that are emerging at different scales in order to manage future climate risk.

5:00        Van departs for Newport  (CI front entrance)

5:30-8:00    Reception and Dinner
Salvation Café
140 Broadway, Newport, RI
(401) 847-2620

8:00        Van departs for Hampton Inn  (Salvation Café entrance)

Time TBD    Van departs for Hampton Inn (Newport location TBD)

Friday, June 12
Translating Scientific Uncertainty and Debate
Checklist:

  • Metcalf binder
  • luggage
  • completed Thursday survey
  • completed Friday survey

Check-out from Hampton Inn by 8:30 a.m. with luggage ready to load into the van.

8:40 a.m.    Van and drivers depart for GSO  (Hampton Inn entrance)

8:55         Arrive at GSO Coastal Institute. Drivers may park in the GSO Coastal Institute parking lot.

9:00-10:00    Presentation and Discussion  (CI Large Conference Room)
Crazy Weather and the Arctic Meltdown: Are They Connected?
Jennifer Francis, Rutgers University; Cornelia Dean, The New York Times, Brown
University; Julia Kumari Drapkin, iSeeChange, The Times Picayune
As extreme weather events affect an ever-wider range of locations around the globe, scientists are trying to identify whether and, if so, how the apparent trend toward more of these events is related to climate change. This scientific effort relies upon observations, experimentation and computer modeling to resolve the significant uncertainties inherent in global-scale environmental change. Francis will discuss one aspect of the climate system that has led her and her colleagues to hypothesize that melting of polar ice is affecting atmospheric circulation in the Northern Hemisphere, leading to a “wavier” pattern in the jet-stream that may be driving some extreme weather events.

10:00-10:30    Following Francis’ presentation, Dean will lead a discussion about the coverage of scientific uncertainty and controversy, using one of Francis’ recent papers as a case study. This discussion will serve as a capstone for the Workshop, integrating concepts explored throughout the week and providing an opportunity to share constructive ideas for reporting on these complex and challenging topics.

10:30-10:45    Break

11:00-12:15 p.m.    Public Lecture  (GSO Corless Auditorium)
Citizen Science and the Future of Environmental Journalism
Julia Kumari Drapkin, iSee Change, The Times-Picayune
Environmental journalist and Metcalf Institute alumna Julia Kumari Drapkin is on the cutting edge of journalism. Drapkin will present her unique public media experiment, iSeeChange, a groundbreaking environmental reporting project that combines crowdsourced public media, perspectives from scientists experts and cutting-edge satellite monitoring of environmental conditions and helps citizens access scientific data and observe and understand the environmental changes happening in their own backyards. iSeeChange was created by Kumari Drapkin in western Colorado via AIR’s Localore project to overcome the problem of scale that has historically stymied climate conversations between citizens and scientists in the media about the impacts of climate change on daily life. The project is poised to expand across the U.S. in 2015 via collaborations with media and scientific partners across the country to help audiences document hyperlocal environmental shifts and connect them to bigger-picture trends and climate fluctuations.

12:15-1:15    Luncheon  (CI Hazard Seminar Room)

1:30        Fellowship Concludes
All Daily Surveys due prior to departure.

1:30        Van departs for airport or train station – schedules to be determined  (CI front entrance)

1:30-5:00    Optional Tours

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