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Can a New Forecast of Accelerated Sea-Level Rise Spur Coastal...

February 17, 2022
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Can a New Forecast of Accelerated Sea-Level Rise Spur Coastal Resilience?


A new federal forecast finds that global warming essentially guarantees seas will rise about a foot by 2050 on average along U.S. shores. That is as much change in the next 30 years as occurred in the last 100 years.

Such clarity has been elusive for coastal communities gauging how much, and how fast, to adjust policies and investments to limit losses.

Longtime climate–focused journalist Andy Revkin, now at the Columbia Climate School, discusses the science and its implications with Jeremy Bassis, a University of Michigan glaciologist focused on on how to boost the societal benefits of sea-level research. Others may join!

Read the report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

Read Prof. Bassis's essay in Eos: Quit Worrying About Uncertainty in Sea Level Projections

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