Symposium: Santa Barbara Geography - Past, Present and as the Sea Levels Rise

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.

ConferenceCentral Coast Sustainability Summit
October 25, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Loma Paloma Conference Center
Special guest Nicole Russell, UC Santa Cruz

Art Exhibit: The Stumbling Present: Ruins in Contemporary Art
October 13, 2012 – January 20, 2013 in the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara

SymposiumSanta Barbara Geography – Past, Present and as the Sea Levels Rise
November 9, 2012 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Bren Hall 1414
Special guest, Gary Griggs, UC Santa Cruz, Professor and Director, Institute of Marine Sciences

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

Film screening: The Island President
December 4, 2012  7:00 p.m. in the Pollock Theater
Including a Q&A w/ Director, Jon Shenk

Vulnerable Communities

Symposium: Interactive Visioning

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

Webinar: Mapping and Visualizing Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts
January 15, 2013 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Speakers: Jennifer Halleran and Doug Marcy of NOAA Coastal Services Center

Seminar: Durban to Doha:  Assessing the Latest Round of UN Climate Talks at COP18 in Qatar

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
February 1, 2013 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Bren Hall 1414
Keynote Speaker: 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

Workshop: i (heart) H2O: How’s Your Water Relationship?
March 1, 2013 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.

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Film screening: Chasing Ice (2012)
March 5, 2013 7 p.m. in the Pollock Theater
Including a Q&A with snow hydrology expert, Professor Jeff Dozier UC Santa Barbara

Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise

ConferenceRupe/Figuring Sea Level Rise – Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise
April 12, 2013 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 communicate 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

ColloquiumHow Big Should My Water Wings Be? Coastal Risk Awareness and Management
April 18, 2013 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

Workshopi (heart) H2O: Love Your Sea Level
May 10, 2013 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.

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