The title of Majora Carter’s talk is “Hometown Security: Climate Adaptation, Social Innovarion and Local Solutions.” Carter delivered the keynote address for the UAA/Chugach National Forest 2011 Classrooms for Climate conference at UAA May 4-7, 2011.
Jeff Welker is a professor of Biology and director of the Environment and Natural Resources Institute at UAA. He helped organize a panel on carbon recycling in the boreal and rain forest systems for the Classrooms for Climate conference. In this preview, he describes a new project involving the Copper River watershed, and also describes dramatic landscape shifts near McCarthy, a result of global warming.
His panel is Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. in Rasmuson Hall. This interview was recorded on May 3, 2011.
Peter Olsson is also chief scientist of the UAA Alaska Experimental Forecast Facility. He both documents and forecasts. In this preview to his Classrooms for Climate talk, Olsson describes the difficulty of measuring precipitation due to Southcentral’s mountainous conditions. He describes the challenge of models that deliver conflicting information. He suggests that we re-frame the argument to change dependence on fossil fuels away from blaming humans for climate change and using less emotional arguments such as economics and geopolitics.
He speaks Thursday, May 5 at 12:30 pm in Cuddy Hall. This interview was recorded Monday, May 2, 2011.
The U.S. Forest Service stewards the Tongass and Chugach, two enormous forests. Insect-kill and longer, more intense fire seasons in Alaska mean lots of dead trees and massive releases of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, “turning up the burner” on the whole planet. In this preview to his Classrooms for Climate talk, Cleaves says he’s coming to share adaptive management strategies, and learn from Alaska land managers, who already have a leadership team working on response.
He speaks Thursday, May 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 120. This interview was recorded April 28, 2011.
At the Classrooms for Climate conference at UAA May 4-7, Julie Decker, chief curator for the Anchorage Museum, will anchor a panel of artists discussing their reactions to climate change. The panel includes Marybeth Holleman, writer; Garrett Burtner, architect; Hal Gage, photographer; Klaus Mayer, architect; and Libby Roderick, musician. Do artists have a catalytic role? What is the narrative they tell?
This panel will take place Friday, May 6 at 9 a.m. in Rasmuson Hall.
The interview with Julie Decker was recorded Wednesday, April 27, 2011.