Tuesday, April 18, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Penn State Campus: 
University Park
Location or Building Name: 
The State Theatre

In conjunction with Penn State Earth Week activities, WPSU-TV and the Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) invite you to the premiere screening of the television documentary "Managing Risk in a Changing Climate" at 7pm on Tuesday April 18th at the State Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

This 30-minute documentary will be followed by a discussion with our Penn State panelists:

  • Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences
  • Klaus Keller, Professor of Geosciences
  • Erica Smithwick, Associate Professor of Geography
  • Kristian Berg, Filmmaker


About the film

Climate change poses real threats that call for tough choices under deep uncertainty. Louisiana has been called “the canary in the coal mine” for climate impacts as it reports rates of relative sea level rise among the highest in the world as more and more land disappears into the Gulf of Mexico. The public television documentary Managing Risk in a Changing Climate examines how Louisiana decision makers engage with researchers and stakeholders to inform choices about how to manage risks driven by changing sea levels and storms.

Featuring some of the nation’s leading climate experts and narrated by Peter Coyote, Managing Risk in a Changing Climate examines one of humanity’s most pressing challenges through the lens of the many academic disciplines needed to address the impacts and surrounding economic, social, and environmental issues that come with managing risk in a changing climate.

Scientists and policymakers have identified the potential for Earth systems threshold responses, or “tipping points,” that will potentially cause dramatic climate impacts. A melting of the Greenland ice sheet, for example, would cause sea-level rise that could threaten the sustainability of low-lying regions like the Louisiana lower Mississippi delta.