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Watch Video–Sea Level Rise: Causes, Impacts and Options for Solutions

Watch the archived webcast below and follow along on social media with #sealevel2017. 


A recent study co-authored by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory research professor James L. Davis supports the growing consensus that sea level rise – particularly along the northeastern U.S. coast – has been accelerating since 1990. The processes that affect sea level rise are varied and will affect coastal communities differently; melting ice caps, changes in ocean circulation and land movements all contribute to rising seas in locally distinct ways. For example, in its 2015 report, the New York City Panel on Climate Change found that NYC’s local rate of sea level rise was nearly twice the global rate, due to a combination of land subsidence and climate-related factors.

In the absence of a one-size-fits-all approach to rising seas, NYC and other coastal communities need to assess potential impacts and solutions in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary way. On July 12, from 6-8pm, the Earth Institute will bring together experts from science, government and the private sector to discuss causes, implications and possible adaptation strategies for sea level rise.

Speakers include:

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Scott M. Stringer, New York City Comptroller

Moderator: Gavin Schmidt, Climatologist, climate modeler and Director, NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Co-founder, award winning climate science blog RealClimate

Science: The Foundation

Robin E. Bell, Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

James L. Davis, Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

George Deodatis, Robertina Calatrava Family Professor of Civil Engineering and Chair, Department of Civil Engineering, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University

Stakeholder Panel

Jainey Bavishi, Director, Office of Recovery and Resiliency, Office of the Mayor, New York City

Kate Orff, Landscape Architect and Founder, SCAPE Landscape Architecture DPC; Director, Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

Marla Schwartz, Atmospheric Perils Specialist, Assistant Vice President of Group Underwriting, Swiss Re

Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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