Figuring Sea-Level Rise

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SPRING: Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise

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April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Corwin Pavilion   FREE - Come to One or All of the Sessions

This all-day event is the culminating event of the Figuring Sea Level Rise series. It focuses on several crucial, and highly misunderstood, questions in the debate about climate change and sea level rise: Who is likely to be directly and immediately affected? What is likely to happen to them? And why is it so challenging to accurately identify and communicatie the likely impacts?

In the morning, the keynote speaker and panelists will discuss the human and cultural dimensions of climate change, addressing specifically how coastal indigenous communities are already experiencing and working to adapt to sea level rise.

In the afternoon, panelists will explore the challenges that come with predictions of the future, and the difficulties we have in understanding and responding to risk.



Ben Powless, Citizen of the Mohawk Nation, Ontario, Canada, Youth Liaison for the Indigenous Environmental Network

Roberta Reyes Cordero, JD; Coastal Chumash, Santa Barbara 

Michael Williams, Chief of the Yupiit Nation, National Tribal Environmental Council Executive Committee, Mental Health counselor, Akiak, AK

Kalei Nu’uhiwa, Hawai’ian, Researcher & Curriculum developer, Practitioner of Papahulilani; First Stewards witness

Kathryn Yusoff, The Lancaster Environment Center, Lancaster University, UK

Rear Admiral (ret.) Dr. David Titley, Former Deputy Under Secretary for Operations at NOAA

Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law, and Professor of Psychology, Yale University

Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Producer, NOVA and NOVA scienceNOW, and Director, WGBH Science Unit, MA


        April 18, 2013 from 11:30 - 12:30, Bren Hall 1414

       Speaker: Margaret Davidson, Director, Office of Coastal Resources Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

       Sponsored by: Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitors Program on Climate Change


          May 10, 2013 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, UCEN Santa Barbara Harbor Room

LA artists and water enthusiasts Sara Daleiden and Therese Kelly will lead a one-day experiential workshop designed to deepen awareness of water relationships on campus as a key to imagining sea level rise.


WINTER: Interactive Visioning

The discussions and events associated with this theme will be a forum for the exploration of multiple and cross-disciplinary means of alluding to sea level rise that are either phenomenologically immediate, as with physical gesturing, or mediated, as with video documenting, remote sensing, computer modeling, and GIS mapping.   

           January 18, 2013  12:00 – 1:30 p.m. McCune Conference 
           Speakers: Professor John Foran and Dr. Richard Widick of UC Santa Barbara

  • Symposium: Interactive Visioning VIDEO AVAILABLE SOON
        February 1, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Bren Hall 1414 
        Keynote SpeakersMichael Lemonick, Senior Science Journalist, Climate Central, and
        Doug Marcy, Coastal Hazards Specialist, NOAA

   Panelists: Jeremy Weiss, Research Specialist, University of Arizona;
   Bruce Caron, Director, New Media Studio; Professors Marko Peljhan, Lisa Jevbratt, and
   James Frew, UC Santa Barbara

  • Graduate Student Workshop: GIS Tools
        February 1, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Bren Hall 3035 
        Special guests: Jeremy Weiss, Senior Research Specialist, University of Arizona, and Will McClintock,
        Researcher, Marine Sciences Institute, UC Santa Barbara

   Convenors: Professor James Frew, UC Santa Barbara and Bruce Caron, Director, New Media Studio  

    March 1, 2013 from 2:00 - 4:00 in the UCEN Santa Barbara Harbor Room 
    LA artists and water enthusiasts Sara Daleiden and Therese Kelly will lead a two-hour scavenger hunt to locate your water relationships on 
    campus considering activities such as drinking, research, sanitation and recreation.

    March 5, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Pollock Theater 
    Including a Q&A with snow hydrology expert, Professor Jeff Dozier UC Santa Barbara


FALL: Vulnerable Communities

The fall events aim to provide a forum for discussing the threats of sea level rise on vulnerable communities, starting with the Central Coast of Santa Barbara and expanding across the sea to the island nation of the Maldives in the South Pacific. From geospatial studies to experiential information communicated by people on site, we will explore how sea level rise and perceptions thereof are affecting multiple communities and influencing policy.

  • Lecture: ThinkSpatial Brown Bag 
        ‘Site-Seeing’: Documentary Film and (Other) Technologies of Visualization
        November 13, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. in Ellison Hall 5824 
        Guest speaker Janet Walker, Professor of Film and Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara