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Unearthing Environmental Impact | Carolina Data Science Now

October 27, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

We invite you to join us for our next Carolina Data Science Now seminar on October 27 at 12 PM ET. This month's theme is "Unearthing Environmental Impact."

The event will feature three lightning talks by professors and researchers in UNC-Chapel Hill’s academic community, centered around how data science is used to study, impact, and improve the environment. These talks will be followed by a guided panel, an opportunity for questions and answers with the speakers, and a discussion with the data science community at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Our speakers for this month are as follows:

  • Brian Blanton

    Director of Earth Data Sciences, Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC-CH

    Brian Blanton is RENCI’s director of Earth Data Sciences and an oceanographer 20+ years of experience in analysis and simulation of the coastal ocean, high performance computing, and earth sciences data analytics. His research usually involves applications of the tide, storm surge, and wind wave model ADCIRC for problems on storm surge and tide dynamics, interaction of storm surge and coastal river flooding, and the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on coastal hazards and risks. He earned a BS (1991) in mathematics from Armstrong State College in Savannah, Georgia, and a PhD (2003) in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Greg Characklis

    W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor, Department Of Environmental Sciences And Engineering; Director, Center On Financial Risk In Environmental Systems

    Dr. Characklis serves as William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he holds appointments in both the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and the UNC Institute for the Environment. His primary research interests involve developing solutions to water resource challenges through systems-based approaches that integrate consideration of both engineering and economic principles, with a particular focus on evaluating and managing environmental financial risk. Dr. Characklis is also Director of the Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems, an entity focused on translating environmental events (e.g., flood, drought) into financial outcomes, and one that bridges the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Institute for the Environment.

  • Angel Hsu

    Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Environment, Ecology and Energy Program; Director; Data-Driven EnviroLab

    Angel Hsu, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program (E3P) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and holds a PhD in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University.

    She is the Founder and Principal Investigator of Data-Driven EnviroLab. Angel previously held appointments at Yale-NUS college in Singapore as Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, and the World Resources Institute (WRI) where she managed and led WRI’s efforts to develop corporate greenhouse gas accounting and reporting initiatives in developing countries, including China. Angel was also the lead author of the 2018 UNEP Emissions Gap report chapter on non-state actors and an author for the IPCC AR6. Angel holds an M Phil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge, and a BS in Biology and BA in Political Science from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.


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October 27, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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via Zoom