2017 Raincoast Speaker Series

Dr. Shannon Fargey
Thursday, Feb 1 @ 7:30
Ecolodge Classroom at the Tofino Botanical Gardens

As everyone on the west coast of Vancouver Island is aware, storms and their associated hazards impact both the physical and human landscapes of a region. To better understand these meteorological features, we need to learn what is going on inside them. Through a combination of in-situ and remote sensing technology, we can better dissect the anatomy of a storm. This presentation will show how new (and old) technologies are helping us better characterize storms in hopes of improving our ability to predict them.

Dr. Fargey is a physical geographer (Ph.D U. Manitoba) with teaching and researching interests in meteorological and hydrological processes. She joined the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria in 2014 as an Assistant Teaching Professor. Her roles include academic program delivery, and teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses in the fields of Physical Geography and Geomatics with a focus on field school learning. Her research to date has focused on improved characterization of cloud and precipitation features over mountain regions from the eastern Canadian Arctic to the Rocky Mountains in Alberta.
Shannon is teaching the Coastal Meteorology course (end of Jan-Feb) for the UVic Clayoquot Sound Field Semester in Tofino. For more information on the program, please visit our website at http://raincoasteducation.org/education-programs/uvic-clayoquot-sound-field-semester

BARKLEY SOUND AT A CROSSROADSmega projects challenge the values and rights of place
Keith & Bernadette Wyton
Thursday, Feb 15 @ 7:30
Ecolodge Classroom at the Tofino Botanical Gardens

Barkley Sound is a spectacular and thriving marine environment, including the Deer Group Islands, the Broken Group Islands, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and the incredibly productive Sarita River Estuary. Two mega projects (Kwispaa LNG and the Port Alberni Transshipment Hub (PATH), are currently being aggressively promoted in direct opposition to the established planning directives for this area.  Barkley Sound, and the communities which call it home, are at a crossroads. Join Keith and Bernadette Wyton to learn more about some of the issues affecting the future of Barkley Sound.

Keith and Bernadette Wyton came to Bamfield in 1979 and have been devoted to Barkley Sound for over 35 years. Bernadette founded and led the Alberni Air Quality Council for 10 years. Keith is currently the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional Director for Bamfield.