Sea Grant Programs in the Northeast have received a $25,000 federal grant to provide training on climate science. The goal is to improve the public’s understanding of how a changing climate will affect the region and what people can do to adapt to it.
NOAA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, is funding the training of a group of people it calls “climate ambassadors”. These are Seagrant and NOAA staffers from Maine to Virginia, who will study the effects of global warming next month in a three-day workshop at the University of Rhode Island. Those trained from Connecticut will then come back to the state and offer training to others, including employees from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Sylvain De Guise, the director of Connecticut Sea Grant, says the goal is to provide accurate information to people affected by a changing climate including fishermen, recreational boaters aquaculture businesses and even town planners.
“If you’re building a town or if you are trying to make modifications to your town is every location going to be similarly impacted? Should you be more aware of a slow and gradual rise in the average sea level or should you be more concerned with the storm surges that are going to happen, given our location?”
De Guise says one of the purposes of the training program is to pass on a uniform message about climate change so that everyone trained use the same language and the same tools when communicating with the public.