How to Communicate about Sea Level Rise

WA State Department of Ecology/The Padilla Bay NERR


Wednesday, January 11, 2017
12:15 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. CST

Mt Vernon, WA, United States

CM | 6

Add to My Log


This 1-day training will empower planners and coastal managers to effectively communicate sea level rise information to their communities.


What metaphors will help your audience understand the science behind climate change? How can you effectively communicate about risk and uncertainty? How can you most effectively communicate with your stakeholders?  During the workshop you will:

  • Learn best practices for effective communication;
  • Understand and develop communications strategies using sea level rise information in Washington State;
  • Apply key concepts to individual communication challenges;
  • Practice and refine communication techniques through collaborative exercises.

Resource URL


Michael Levkowitz

Michael Levkowitz has a background in stakeholder engagement and environmental communications, and currently serves as the Assistant Coastal Planner at the Washington State Department of Ecology (ECY). After completing a graduate degree in Public Administration with a focus on Environmental Management, Michael joined ECY as a Hershman Marine Policy Fellow ... Read More

Susan Wood

Susan Wood has worked as an educator at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve since 1988. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College and MEd in Environmental Education from Slippery Rock University. For the past 10 years, she has been delving into climate change communication ... Read More

Gwen Shaughnessy

Gwen Shaughnessy brings a background in marine biology and non-traditional education to NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM), where she joined in February of 2011. In her current role as the Climate Adaptation Specialist in the OCM Engagement, Training, and Education Program, Ms. Shaughnessy is the national coordinator and ... Read More

Lara Whitely

Lara Whitely is a climate outreach and adaptation support specialist at the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group (CIG). Lara assists the CIG with its efforts to inform decision makers about the impacts of climate variability and climate change on the Pacific Northwest and is responsible for providing technical ... Read More

Contact Info

Cathy Angell,