Exploring Coastal Flood Risk through Geospatial Storytelling

BRIGHTE Workshop Series 2021
9 August 2021, 10 August 2021, 11 August 2021

Event Application - GIS BRIGHT 2021

Flooding associated with hurricane storm surge presents a serious threat to many coastal communities in the United States. Reducing and managing risks from storm surge is challenging due to the complex relationships among the physical, social, and behavioral dimensions of the hazard, and the inherent uncertainty in storm-surge forecasting. Novel approaches in geovisualization provide exciting opportunities for visual communication of the risks and threats of storm surge to the public.

The 2021 BRIGHTE workshop will provide an opportunity for participants who are interested to explore the role of geovisualizations in hazardous weather risk communication and geospatial storytelling. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of space and place, explore how to incorporate the concepts of sense of place into maps and 3D images, and work on designing Esri StoryMaps and Dashboards. By connecting the science of storm surge predictability and uncertainty with geospatial storytelling and concepts of place, participants will learn how to communicate science in a robust yet relatable and actionable way. 

This 3-day workshop will use a virtual format with synchronous and asynchronous activities, GIS hands-on exercises, lectures, thematic presentations, and networking opportunities for the participants.

Because problems such as hurricane-related storm surge affect diverse coastal communities in the U.S., it is especially important that representatives from all communities are engaged in the sciences, decision-making, and effective risk communication strategies. Students, early-career researchers, and practitioners who are interested in storm-surge risks and GIS applications for hazardous weather communication will benefit from attending this workshop. Faculty and students from junior colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic-Serving institutions are encouraged to apply.

There is no cost for attending the workshop, but the space is limited. Workshop participants will be selected based on their application. Application deadline is July 25, 2021 at midnight / 12 am US Mountain Time Zone. Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance on July 30, 2021.

Questions can be addressed to the workshop organizers: Olga Wilhelmi (olgaw at ucar.edu) and Jennifer Boehnert (boehnert at ucar.edu). The workshop is supported by the NCAR’s E&O Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion funding opportunity and the NSF Award # 1853699.

August 9, 2021 - August 11, 2021

10:00am  - 1:00pm Mountain Time Zone

Agenda in progress.

The workshop will be conducted in a virtual format with synchronous and asynchronous activities, GIS hands-on exercises, lectures, thematic presentations, and networking opportunities for the participants.
 
The participants must have access to the internet and a web browser using a desktop or laptop computer. We will be using ArcGIS Online as well as Zoom, Google Jamboard, and Mentimeter to facilitate real-time learning and collaborative experience.
 
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Interest statements will be used for the selection of the workshop participants. Please describe (in 500 words or less) how this workshop would further your education and research and/or would be beneficial for your community.
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