Weston Roundtable Series

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Thursdays, 4:15-5:15 PM
1163 Mechanical Engineering, 1513 University Avenue

*unless noted otherwise in the list


The Weston Roundtable is made possible by a generous donation from Mr. Roy F. Weston, a highly accomplished UW-Madison alumnus. Designed to promote a robust understanding of sustainability science, engineering, and policy, these interactive lectures are co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Office of Sustainability. These lectures build on the tremendous success in past years of the Weston Distinguished Lecture Series and the SAGE Seminar Series.

Fall 2019 Schedule

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Thursday, September 5
Dr. Bob Rabin
Research Meteorologist, NOAA/National Severe Storms Lab Norman, OK and Honorary Fellow, NOAA Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, UW-Madison

Iñupiaq insights into extreme weather and climate change: the value of traditional science
This presentation will explore a few elements of traditional science of the Iñupiat people of the North Slope of Alaska, as viewed by the descriptions of weather and ice, and life on the land and ocean in the Iñupiaq language. I was introduced to this form of knowledge during my studies at Ilisaġvik College in Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska. Aspects of this knowledge, such as adaptation to climate change, anticipating significant weather events and impending storms will be compared to current approaches to weather and climate forecasting. There appears to be significant implications to a shift from experiential science to the scientific approach based on abstract principals and mathematical models. Perhaps of most concern is the loss of personal knowledge at the expense of the dependence on the "artificial intelligence” of computers.