That’s the idea behind an upcoming symposium at UC Santa Barbara that examines new ways of showing the effects of climate change and sea level rise on coastal areas around the world.

“Interactive Visioning: Exploring Media Tools for Conducting, Projecting, and Communicating Sea Level Rise Research,” which will take place on Friday, February 1, is part of UCSB’s yearlong Critical Issues in America series. The conference begins at 1 p.m. in 1414 Bren Hall. It is free and open to the public.

The keynote speakers are Michael Lemonick, senior science writer at Climate Central, and Doug Marcy, a coastal hazards specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center in South Carolina. Lemonick’s talk is titled “Communicating the Science and Threat of Sea Level Rise.” He will discuss the role of journalists bridging that gap between the scientists who study sea level rise and the policymakers whose responsibility it is to take action to prevent related disasters.

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