Sea-Level Rise Conference
January 14, 2010
RENCI at ECU's director Dr. Tom Allen participated in the Sea-Level Rise Science Forum on January 14 and 15, 2010, hosted by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Coastal Management. The meeting featured national and regional experts in sea-level rise science. Dr. Virginia Burkett—the US Geological Survey's chief climate scientist, co-author of the IPCC Assessment Reports, and Nobel laureate—spoke about the need for public understanding of sea-level rise and climate change. Dr. Benjamin Horton explained how sea levels are measured, and Dr. Gordon Hamilton shared his observations of melting in the Greenland ice sheet and how that will affect sea levels. Tancred Miller of the Division of Coastal Management shared the results of a sea-level rise public perception study which showed that most coastal residents believe sea-level rise is occurring and that they will be affected; however, the study still emphasized a need for more public information and education.
Dr. Tom Allen presented two posters titled "Geovisualization for Sea-Level Rise" in an evening poster session. The posters featured products of North Carolina scientists aimed at visually communicating the impact of sea-level rise to the communities.