EventsDecember 16, 2020

Confronting Coastal Risk in an Age of Rising Sea Levels

Climate scientist and Climate Impact Lab co-director Robert Kopp researches the past, present, and predicted sea levels along our coasts—and how society can prepare for them.

DATE: Wednesday, December 16th
TIME: 3:30 – 4:45pm PST

Watch the recording of this event here.

Sea levels on the New Jersey coast rose twice as much as the global average in the last 100 years. Some coastal communities experience ten times as much tidal flooding as they did a half-century ago. Around the world, sea level is rising at an accelerating rate. The rate of global average sea-level rise today is roughly three times the average rate over the last century, which was itself already the fastest rate in at least three millennia. Professor Kopp will address four questions: What do scientists know about the drivers of sea-level change, globally and in our region? How have scientists pieced together the behavior of sea level over the past several millennia? What can scientists say about sea-level rise over the coming decades and centuries? And how can society manage the risks these changes are creating?