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Peter B. Lord Seminars: Extreme Weather

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Seminar Draws Large Crowd

September 20, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm

The Providence Journal
4th Floor Auditorium
75 Fountain Street
Providence, RI

 

Nearly 70 people registered for Metcalf Institute’s Peter B. Lord Seminar on the Environment focusing on extreme weather, September 20.  The seminar, designed for regional journalists, was the first Metcalf seminar opened to public attendees.  It also marked a new successful collaboration between Metcalf Institute and The Providence Journal.

“I was thrilled to see the level of interest in this topic,” said Sunshine Menezes, executive director of Metcalf Institute.  “Not only were we able to help journalists understand resent trends in extreme weather events, the seminar also gave members of the general public an opportunity to better understand these issues.”

The seminar featured experts on:
•    The science of hurricane formation
•    The effects of storm surge on coastal communities and ecosystems
•    How municipalities, state and federal agencies plan for immediate effects of extreme weather events

Featured speakers included:
•    Dr. Isaac Ginis, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography
•    David Vallee, National Weather Service Northeast River Forecast Center
•    Matthew Walsh, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering/Planning Division
•    Peter Gaynor, City of Providence Emergency Management Agency
•    Jamia McDonald, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency