New publication reveals perceptions and opinions of climate change


A new publication from Oregon Sea Grant, An Analysis of a Survey of Oregon Coast Decision Makers Regarding Climate Change, reveals that

• most people are concerned about climate change and how it may affect the Oregon coast
• the most frequently cited risks associated with effects of climate change on the Oregon coast involved physical processes such as sea-level rise and erosion
• few are ready now to respond to climate change
• people would be willing to take action in work if there were compelling information, new funding, and a sense of local urgency
• coastal professionals have needs for assistance regarding climate change, particularly credible, relevant information to provide the public
• coastal professionals have low amounts of information on climate change topics they consider important for the performance of their work

You can order this 20-page publication (color cover, B&W insides) for $3.50 plus shipping and handling by calling 541-737-4849 or e-mailing You may also download it from

OPB Highlights Sea Grant in Climate Story

Oregon Public Broadcasting recently completed a three-part series, The Denmark Project, to coincide with the Copenhagen (Denmark) Climate summit but cleverly framed around the coastal region nearby tiny Denmark, Oregon.

Interviewed in the series were Sea Grant principal investigator, Peter Ruggiero (OSU Geosciences), Extension faculty member, Frank Burris; and Sea Grant assistant director, Joe Cone. The climate preparation project Cone has led with other Sea Grant faculty in collaboration with members of the Port Orford community is highlighted in the final episode (transcript).

OPB producer Christy George reports that the series has achieved some national prominence by being featured on the newly-revamped PBS NewsHour site, where at least 250 users had checked it out.

Oregon Sea Grant climate video receives gold award

The video, Building a Resilient Coast: Maine Confronts Climate Change, was produced in cooperation with Maine Sea Grant under a grant from the NOAA Climate Program Office. The gold prize is from the international Ava Awards (Audio/Visual Awards), which “recognize outstanding work by creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, direction, shooting, and editing of audio/visual materials and programs.” Twelve percent of this year’s entries received a gold prize.

The creative personnel of Resilient Coast are from Oregon Sea Grant: Joe Cone is the producer, videographer, and writer; Stevon Roberts, editor; Patricia Andersson, designer. Susan White, associate director of Maine Sea Grant, is the co-producer. The video was released on DVD in summer 2009 and on the Oregon and Maine Sea Grant web sites; it has also been shown on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

Resilient Coast was guided by preliminary research conducted with Maine coastal property owners to determine what climate-related issues they were concerned about. Individual segments of the one-hour program address those concerns. One very short excerpt follows. The entire program can be viewed at

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) administers the Ava Awards program. The international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production and free-lance professionals.