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Renowned Climate Change Experts Pier Vellinga and Henry Pollack Examine Sea Level Rise in Florida

posted on 03/19/2013

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the estimated $60 billion in damage, two of the world's leading climate change scientists will offer their insights through a lecture presentation entitled "Sea Level Rise in Florida: Mitigation, Adaptation or Retreat?" on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.The program, featuring Netherlands expert Dr. Pier Vellinga and retired geophysics professor Dr. Henry Pollack, will be moderated by Eckerd Professor of Marine Science and Chemistry Dr. David Hastings

Bird Key, Sarasota, Fla.

Dr. Vellinga was lead author of several chapters and Dr. Pollack a contributing author in the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. They will provide examples of sea level rise from the Netherlands, Australia, Vietnam, the Mekong Delta, the cities of Venice and London, and the east, west and Gulf coasts of the U.S. Their visit to the Tampa Bay area is part of Shafer Consulting's Rising Seas project, a Southwest Florida-based initiative dedicated to advancing public understanding about the science of sea level rise, vulnerabilities of our natural and built environments, and potential strategies to mitigate or adapt to the risks. Eckerd is their final stop.

This talk is free and open to the public and is part of Eckerd's 2012-13 Presidential Events Series, Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.

Dr. Pier VellingaDr. Pier Vellinga is Professor in Climate Change and Flood Risk at Wageningen University and Professor in Climate Change and Societal Implications at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. As one of the first scientists to publish on climate change and its implications regarding water and energy in the eighties, Dr. Vellinga is the chairman of the Knowledge for Climate research program and vice chairman of the Climate Changes Spatial Planning program, both of which support the Netherlands government and companies with operational knowledge required for investment decisions related to climate change adaptation and mitigation. He also serves as chairman of the Belmont Forum, an informal group of the world's major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils.

Dr. Henry PollackDr. Henry Pollack, Professor Emeritus of Geophysics at the University of Michigan, where he taught for more than forty years. He travels regularly to Antarctica, and has conducted scientific research on all seven continents. Dr. Pollack is the author of Uncertain Science ... Uncertain World and A World Without Ice, which provides an analysis of climate change science.

For more information about the Rising Seas project and other programs featuring Drs. Vellinga and Pollack, visit www.rising-seas.com.

This program is co-sponsored by the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College (OLLI).

Top photo: Bird Key, Sarasota, Fla.

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