Antioch University New EnglandCenter for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience
Here + Now + Us Initiative
Strategy to Increase Community Engagement in Climate Change Impacts
Antioch University is collaborating with Climate Access and Marin County, California on a cutting edge engagement project to test the use of visualization and dialogue to motivate action on climate change. In the near future in Marin County, sea level rise will cause significant flooding for communities in the region.
The San Francisco based company Owlized LLC will be installing two OWL digital viewfinders – a device modeled after the classic coin-operated binoculars commonly found at scenic viewpoints. The OWL viewfinder has been modernized with a virtual reality environment housed inside the viewfinder that allows people to see the potential impacts and responses to sea level rise in the location they are standing at rendered in 3D. Research data collected from these OWLS will help us to gain insights into how to make seal level rise and related flooding impacts relevant to citizens, as well as best practices moving forward.
The project is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IX and Autodesk LLC. Advisors on the project are; Frank Niepold, Climate Education Coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Program Office; Heidi Nutters, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve; and Tristan Randall, Special Projects Executive at Autodesk.
This webinar will use the cities of Minneapolis and Victoria, MN to describe how to conduct a urban stormwater vulnerability assessment within the context of a projection of increased frequency of more extreme precipitation events. Register Now