2019 SPEAKERS

IPCC REPORT UPDATE
Topic: What consequences does the recent report indicate? A look to the future. Warming of 1.5C above preindustrial is projected to have significant impact for human and natural systems, with an additional unit of warming projected to be associated with further risks. These risks include increased mortality from a range of climate-sensitive health outcomes, increased food insecurity, and increased wildfires. What are the adaptation and mitigation options for reducing risks over shorter and longer time scales

Dr. Kristie L. Ebi, Director of the Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE), and Rohm and Haas Endowed Professor in Public Health Services at the University of Washington, Lead Author on Chapter 3 of IPCC Report

Kristie L. Ebi has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for over twenty years, focusing on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerabilities and implementing adaptation policies and programs. She has been an author on multiple national and international climate change assessments, including the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. She co-chairs the International Committee On New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS) that created five scenarios of socioeconomic development over this century.  Dr. Ebi's scientific training includes an M.S. in toxicology and a Ph.D. and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology, and two years of postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has edited fours books on aspects of climate change and has more than 200 publications.

UNDERSTANDING HOW CLIMATE GRAPHICS MAKE ARGUMENTS
Topic: An interactive presentation that teaches attendees visual rhetoric theory to help better anticipate the kinds of reactions audiences have to climate graphics (e.g., atmospheric river and ENSO projections as well as the kind of climate-change projections we see in the IPCC reports).

Lynda Walsh, Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno
Lynda Walsh is a Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. She studies the rhetoric of science ”particularly the public reception of climate-change visuals, and the ethos or public role played by climate scientists. Her most recent book, edited with Casey Boyle, explores topology as a spatial method for inventing new ways to deliberate over issues of science and technology (Topologies as Techniques for a Post-Critical Rhetoric, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Her monograph Scientists as Prophets: A Rhetorical Genealogy (Oxford, 2013) traces a dominant strand in the ethos of science advisers back to its historical roots in religious culture.

HURRICANES: PREDICTING THE UNPREDICTABLE - MESSAGING CHALLENGES FOR MAJOR/HISTORIC EVENTS
Topic: Trying to forecast an event that no one has ever experienced presents major challenges to both the messenger and the audience. Can the public or decision makers really comprehend what you are trying to convey? Do you really believe what you are saying? How far out on a limb can we go, and still hold some credibility? We will look at some of the messaging challenges from our recent, historic hurricanes (including a focus on Harvey's record rainfall), and how they can apply to weather events elsewhere.

Jeffry Evans, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service, Houston/Galveston, TX
Jeff Evans, an Oklahoma native, has been with the National Weather Service for over 27 years, starting in Wyoming as an entry level meteorologist in August 1991. He accepted a position with the Storm Prediction Center in 1995 as a severe storm forecaster for the nation where he spent 15 years working as a specialist on severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, becoming a lead at SPC in 2002. In 2010 Jeff left the SPC to become the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS office in Tallahassee, FL where he worked a number of tropical storms and flood events, and worked as primary liaison between the NWS and the state of FL. In 2014 he was selected to run the NWS office in Houston/Galveston as the Meteorologist in Charge where he oversees and manages the operations and services for the agency across southeast TX. In this role Jeff has supported 5 federally declared national disasters (including Hurricane Harvey), a Superbowl and multiple other local/state/federal supported events.

PANEL: NATIONAL WILDFIRE IMPACTS/SOLUTIONS
Topic: What public and private sectors need to know, historical perspective, fire management/response, impacts of climate change, potential suggestions and solutions

Alex Hoon, Incident Meteorologist
Alex graduated from Texas A&M University, served in the U.S. Air Force as a weather officer, then joined the National Weather Service in Reno. His passion is fire weather, the impact of weather events in causing extreme fire behavior, and providing on-site decision support to fire leadership and personnel. Alex has been an Incident Meteorologist for 8 years, deploying to numerous large notable wildfires across the Western States, including the 2011 Wallow Fire in Arizona (largest wildfire in Arizona history), the 2013 Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park, and most recently the 2018 Carr Fire that burned over 1000 homes around Redding, California. Alex also serves as the Fire Weather Program Manager for the Eastern Sierra, Lake Tahoe, and western Nevada region.

Matt Mehle, Incident Meteorologist
Matt Mehle is an Incident Meteorologist with the National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area. Matt enjoys the many aspects of weather forecasting, but has a true passion for fire weather. Over the last 10 years as an Incident Meteorologist, he has been deployed to numerous disasters providing on-site weather to first responders and incident personnel. Some of the more notable deployments include the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and several of California’s largest wildfires. Most recently, Matt was the on-site meteorologist deployed to the most destructive wildfire in California’s history, the Tubbs Fire. Over the course of his career, Matt has received numerous awards and accolades for his role as Incident Meteorologist. In addition to forecasting the weather, Matt is also a fire weather instructor teaching wildland firefighters basic meteorology and how weather influences the wildland fire environment.

Chris Anthony, Division Chief for CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit East Division Operations
Chris Anthony earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of California Berkeley. During his tenure at UC Berkeley, he also studied resource management at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Chris considers his 23-year career with CAL FIRE as more of a calling than a job. He has worked in disciplines ranging from forest management, firefighter training and safety, law enforcement, fire investigation, administration, and fire suppression operations. In 2015 Chris was appointed as the Deputy Task Force Leader for the Governor’s Tree Mortality Task Force; helping to lead an effort of over 80 federal, state and local entities in response to the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation to address the massive tree die off in the Sierra Nevada. He currently serves as a working group leader on the Governor’s Forest Management Task Force; a task force formed to address threats and find solutions to how a changing climate is affecting the State's forests.

Chris often works with the media during major fires in order to provide a firefighter’s perspective on how weather and climate influence the fire environment. Chris is also a Serious Accident Review Team Lead Investigator. In 2005 he was honored to respond as part of a CAL FIRE Task Force to assist the State of Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Chris is a Registered Professional Forester and Peace Officer with the State of California.  He lives in South Lake Tahoe with his family and enjoys all the recreational opportunities the area affords.

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