Lunch Panel: Conveying the Story Behind the Science

Saturday March 9th, Noon – 1:30

We, as scientists, educators, and inquisitive laymen, know that scientific findings can be infinitely informative, and intellectually satisfying. But that’s not how everyone perceives science. During this session learn how a panel of local writers, reporters, and artists use the story behind the science to impart meaning and relevance to scientific findings.  Panel members include: author and UAA professor Nancy Lord, author and environmental educator Marilyn Sigman, Homer News editor and science-fiction author Michael Armstrong, K-12 educator Bill Noomah, and nationally acclaimed sculptor Rika Mouw.  LUNCH IS INCLUDED!  PLEASE PRE-REGISTER SO WE HAVE ENOUGH FOOD!

Data Access for Coasts and Oceans: Public Portals, Analysis Tools, and Practical Applications

Wednesday, March 4


Hosted by: Axiom Data Science and the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council


This free workshop will present on how to use the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS)‘s open data portals and their new analytical capabilities. Participants will walk through specific use cases in the Cook Inlet Response Tool and other regional portals to search, download, and access different types of data from many sources, including real-time conditions, coastal imagery, operational and research forecasts, satellite observations, and other biological, chemical and physical data. Participants will also learn to visualize and integrate data to create custom, shareable dashboards to spotlight environmental events or geographic locations. Participants will explore sophisticated charting abilities, including data comparisons, time binning, and climatology and anomaly charting, and then dig deeper into data analytics by learning about collaborative analyses using reproducible workflows in Jupyter notebooks enabled for AOOS datasets. This workshop is suitable for researchers, educators, decision-makers, and other users of all skill abilities. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to the workshop.

Download a flyer about the workshop here

Data Tools Tour

Thursday March 8
12:30-2:30 pm
Full description coing soon!

Graphic Facilitation Workshop

Saturday March 10th 

9:00am - 10:30am

Lead by: Kaitlin Vadla (Cook Inletkeepr) and Alice Rademacher (KBNERR)
Graphic faciliation is a method used in meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, and trainings to lead a group of particiapnts to a collaboartive product. This method uses active listening and the use of icons and large scale drawigns to guide people in the collaboaritve thinking process. In this workshop particiapnts will: 
  • Be introduced to graphic facilitation as a tool to create fun, productive, and collaborative meetings.
  • Participants will learn basic caricatures to help start their icon portfolio.
  • Participants will learn how to outline and lead a meeting using graphic facilitation and know  what materials are needed.


Figure ClimateAdaptation

Figure above: an example of graphic facilitation notes form a KBNERR Workshop