Lunch Panel: Conveying the Story Behind the Science

Saturday March 9th

Noon – 1:30

Lead by: Jessica Shepherd, Education Corrdinator, Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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. 


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

Wednesday, March 7


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

R Markdown: How to cut the "cut & paste" and reduce tendinitis

Thursday, March 8
Hosted by Martin Renner,Tern Again Consulting and Steve Baird, Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
The Primary Purpose of this workshop is to introduce R Markdown as a tool to create reproducible analyses. Participants will walk away with the basic understanding of what reproducible analysis is, and why it is useful. Participants will learn how to use R Markdown software, learn about Kachemak Bay research and monitoring applications, and have an opportunity to perform analyses with local data. Participants should bring a laptop and have R and Rstudio software installed, see agenda (coming soon) for detailed instructions. 

NOAA data tools (how to find cool Kachemak Bay ocean data online)

Thursday, March 8
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Hosted by Kris Holderied,NOAA Kastitsna Bay Lab, and Mandy Lindeberg, NOAA/NMFS


Interested in finding detailed seafloor maps, coastline imagery, nautical charts, tides or ocean currents? NOAA’s National Ocean Service collects these data and more, and provides online data tools as part of its missions to promote safe marine transportation, protect and manage coastal ecosystems and help coastal communities deal with coastal hazards. A ‘firehose’ of high-quality coastal ocean data is available online, but it’s only useful if you know how to find and use it.  Bring your questions to an interactive workshop with NOAA scientists Kris Holderied and Mandy Lindeberg, who will demonstrate online data tools, answer questions and give a preview of new seafloor habitat maps and data viewers that are being developed for Kachemak Bay.


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.



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