Thursday, October 25, 2018
Doors Open: 6:30 PM
Program Starts: 7:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
The Climate Future of California and the Central Coast: Ecosystems & Communities.
Presented by UCSC scientists David Herbst and Michael Loik.
We'll place the 4th CA climate assessment report in context as a "downscaled" version for understanding the more localized effects expected, and how these may change the environment and ecosystems near and within our coastal communities. We'll touch on temperature rise, precipitation pattern, sea level rise, threats to rivers and estuaries, fire, forests, erosion, drought.....the whole apocalyptic cast. We will also speak to community impacts and adaptations, keeping in mind your request to talk about the "best case" scenarios and how those might be achieved through community actions that can be undertaken (or that are underway). California is a leader in this regard, so brainstorming among you all during the presentation will help further creative ideas for how we can respond to these great challenges.
As scientists, Michael and I are glad to be able to reach out to the community with this information and help participate in solutions. Our goal is to educate so thank you for welcoming that. We each plan to talk for about 30 minutes, during which questions and interaction would be great, but the final 30 minutes we want it to be open to group discussion and planning actions.