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    November 18 Event: Waves of Change: Linking Science, Behavior, and Communicating for Climate Adaptation in Rhode Island

    Please RSVP to Clara Rubin or call 401-874-6135

    /Sponsored by URI Climate Change Collaborative and Rhode Island Sea Grant /

    November 18, 2011

    Coastal Institute, URI Bay Campus, Narragansett, RI

    8:30 AM- 3:15 PM (Refreshments/registration at 8:00)

    Learn the latest science on climate change and the implications for
    Rhode Island; identify practical approaches for adaptation and behavior
    changes for different sectoral groups and stakeholders to adapt to
    coastal flooding from sea level rise and increased storm intensity.

    MORNING – PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSION

    1.*Applying proven strategies of behavior change to reduce risks*: James
    Prochaska, Cancer Prevention Research Center, URI

    2.*Climate change science: fundamentals and recent developments.* John
    Merrill, Graduate School of Oceanography, URI

    3.*Climate change and extreme weather events.* Isaac Ginis, Graduate
    School of Oceanography, URI

    4.*Sea level trends, impacts and projections.* Jon Boothroyd, RI State
    Geologist

    5.*Communicating for behavior change.* Judith Swift, Coastal Institute
    URI and Norbert Mundorf, Communications Studies, URI

    11:30 – 3:15

    WORKING LUNCH AND AFTERNOON WORKSESSION to identify adaptation options,
    behavior changes and communication linkages

    * Working groups: Public works, Infrastructure and Transportation;
    Marine Trades/ Recreation; Conservation/Habitat; Residential and
    commercial Building

    * Plenary and Discussion on adaptation and behavior change within four
    sectors

    *By the end of the day, you will have:*

    1.Increased knowledge of the relevance of climate change to your work
    sector.

    2.Contributed to clarifying the knowledge gaps that are critical to
    changing behavior.

    3.Exchanged information with colleagues within your sector and other
    sectors on what is being done today to address these issues and what
    behavior changes in the future would be appropriate to reduce risk from
    climate change

    4.Contributed to a larger understanding of how to better communicate to
    colleagues or constituencies the need to adapt now to coastal flooding
    from accelerated sea level rise and more intense storms.

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