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WGBH Conversations Series presents Climate Change
Friday, March 28, 7-9pm
WGBH Studios
Donation amount: $25 Member; $35 Non-Member

WGBH Conversations Presents Climate ChangeJoin WGBH host Edgar B. Herwick III and a panel of experts — meteorologist Harvey Leonard, ocean and climate change expert Dr. Scott Doney, WGBH/WCAI science editor Heather Goldstone, and director of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Bruce Carlisle — to discuss some of the hot-button issues surrounding climate change and what rising sea levels will mean for New England — maybe within our lifetimes. What if a Hurricane Sandy hits here? What would the city of Boston look like afterwards? Can anything be done? These and other questions will be explored at this lively discussion, which is part of WGBH’s Smart Conversation series. A short reception will follow. 

Bruce K. Carlisle is the director of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), providing oversight and administration for the agency. He directs policy development, planning efforts, and technical approaches for CZM program areas, including ocean planning, shoreline and floodplain management, climate change adaptation, habitat protection and restoration, port and harbor planning, water quality, seafloor and tidal habitat mapping, and GIS/data management. Carlisle also supervises CZM’s regulatory review of coastal and ocean projects, ranging from municipal waterfront development and dredging to offshore wind turbines and LNG facilities. He formerly served as both acting and assistant director for CZM, as well as the manager for the commonwealth’s Wetlands Restoration Program, where he led collaborative efforts to restore former and degraded wetlands. Prior to that, he worked as a project manager and principal investigator for coastal wetland assessment projects and as a specialist in water resources policy, monitoring, and planning.

Dr. Scott Doney is a senior scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and director of the Ocean and Climate Change Institute at WHOI. His science interests span oceanography, climate and biogeochemistry, with particular emphasis on the application of numerical models and data analysis methods to global-scale questions. Much of his research focuses on how the global carbon cycle and ocean ecology respond to natural and human-driven climate change. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed research publications and co-authored a textbook on data analysis and modeling methods for the marine sciences. He was the inaugural chair of the US Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Program, and a convening lead author for the Oceans and Marine Resources chapter of the US 2013 National Climate Assessment.

Heather Goldstone is the WGBH/WCAI science editor. She holds a Ph.D. in ocean science from M.I.T. and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and spent a decade as an active researcher before leaving the lab to become a writer. In her nine years with the Cape and Islands NPR Station, Goldstone has reported on Woods Hole’s unique scientific community and key environmental issues on Cape Cod. Her reporting has appeared in venues ranging from NPR and PBS News Hour to The Cape Cod Times and Commercial Fishery News. Most recently, Goldstone hosted the blog Climatide, an exploration of how climate change is impacting coastal life in the region.

Harvey Leonard is WCVB-TV Channel 5’s chief meteorologist. He joined the station in 2002 as Storm Team 5’s co-chief meteorologist with his longtime friend Dick Albert, who retired in 2009. Widely regarded as Boston’s top meteorologists, Leonard and Albert were honored by the Associated Press in 2005 for Best Weathercast in New England. In 2003, Leonard received the Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences New England Chapter for his more than 25 years of broadcast excellence. In 1999, he won the prestigious Award for Outstanding Service by a Broadcast Meteorologist from the American Meteorological Society. Prior to joining WCVB, Leonard served as chief meteorologist for WHDH-TV from May 1977 to April 2002. He is credited as the first meteorologist to correctly predict the impact and intensity of the Blizzard of 1978.