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Rising sea level will permanently alter coastlines and this is perhaps the most profound long – term aspect of climate change affecting coastal communities everywhere, as well as the global economy. The phenomenon is often overshadowed by short – term flood events, though it will elevate those too. In this talk, oceanographer and author John Englander will highlight some surprising scientific aspects of sea level rise, including the latest projections for the coming decades, eventually many metors above present. Drawing upon his expeditions to the Artic and Antarctica he will explain why sea level rise can no longer be stopped and why it is urgent that we commence intelligent adaptation as a high priority.
John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and leading expert on sea level rise. His broad marine science background coupled with explorations to Greenland and Antarctica allows him to see the big picture of sea level rise and its revolutionary impacts.
John is Founder and President of the International Sea Level Institute, a non – profit organisation focused on explaining the latest science about long – term rising sea level. The institute’s focus is on adaptation to higher ocean levels, but also addresses the connection with various efforts at “sustainability” to slow the warming that may slow the rate of ocean rise. The institute will teach professionals in engineering, architecture, finance, law and planning to prepare for the challenging era ahead including explaining the financial risks of increased flooding advocating for “intelligent adaptation”.
The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7pm.
Copies of John’s book, ‘High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis’, will be available for purchase and signing after the event.
This event will be filmed and on the Ri’s YouTube Channel within a few months.