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Climate change and sea level rise is increasingly on the agenda of the public, the media, and decision makers in the public, private and social sectors of society. Focus is almost solely on the hazards and the potential disasters we might be facing. MARI at Old Dominion University is focusing on the solutions, the options we have to mitigate the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, and to adapt to the changes.

To develop the paractice-relevant solutions, MARI engages in research that produces the practice-relevant knowledge needed to cope with the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on the coastal zone and the urban coast in particular. In doing so, MARI responds to the knowledge needs of a wide range of community stakeholders, including government, military, private sector, and citizens. The high rate of local sea level rise, the exposure to extreme weather events, and the complex socio-economic structure makes Hampton Roads a natural laboratory for climate change and sea level rise. MARI utilizes this laboratory and works with stakeholders within and outside the region to generate the knowledge that can enable them not only to reduce the negative impacts but also to utilize the opportunities in the changes to come. To ensure that the stakeholders get the knowledge they can apply, MARI works closely with them to ensure a co-creation of practice-relevant knowledge and to support them in the use of this knowledge.


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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Spring 2015 Seminar Series: There will be four seminars on February 20, March 6, March 20, and April 3, 2015. See the flyer for details.

  • February 2015 Joint Societies Luncheon, ASCE Norfolk Branch: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST) in Virginia Beach. Hans-Peter Plag will speak about “The Coastal Zone and Sea Level Rise: Protecting Against or Preparing for Inundation?” See registration page for more details.

  • Resilient Region Reality Check (3RC): March 17, 2015. Old Dominion University and the Urban Land Institute (ULI Hampton Roads) in cooperation with a number of organizations in the region are jointly organizing a Resilient Region Reality Check focusing on perceptions of climate change and sea level rise in Hampton Roads. See http://www.centerforsealevelrise.org for more information.

  • NCWRA Symposium: Resiliency in Water Resources Management: What Does it Mean to You?: The agenda of the Annual Conference of the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) of the University of North Carolina System (NCSU) includes the NCWRA Syposium on resilience in water resource management. Hans-Peter Plag will open this symposium with a presentation on the global picture.

  • GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Workshops: March 22-26, 2015 in Norfolk, VA. MARI supports the organization of two high-level workshops organized by the GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Network of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). The first workshop addresses “NAVIGATING SUSTAINABILITY ON A CHANGING PLANET” and the second Workshop focuses on “CONCEPTS, TECHNOLOGIES, SYSTEMS AND USERS OF THE NEXT GEOSS.” For more information, see 3rd Workshop announcement and 4th Workshop announcement.



LATEST NEWS

[February 11, 2015] Should geo-engineering to modify climate be discussed at all to overcome the need for climate change mitigation?: A National Research Council report recommends research into how changing the albedo could help to control climate change. Desperation about the failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently might lead to potentially dangerous geo-engineering to control climate change. Read the article by Chris Money ...

[February 10, 2015] Those who are impacted more, are more concerned: A recent poll shows that Hispanics in the U.S. are feeling the impacts of climate change in their personal lives and because of that, they are more concerned that other groups in society. Fifty-four percent of the Hispanics who responded to the poll rated global warming as extremely or very important to them personally, compared to only thirty-seven percent of the whites who took the poll. As much as sixty-seven percent of Hispanics responded that they would be hurt personally to a significant degree if nothing was done to reduce global warming, compared with half of whites. Read the article by Coral Davenport ...

[February 9, 2015] “Global climate change is not a man-made problem; it is a capital-made problem”: This is what Alnoor Ladha, executive director of The Rules said in a recent keynote. As a consequence, economy (or capitalism) needs to be changed to mitigate climate change. Read the article by Michael Green ...

[January 23, 2015] Ice sheets may be reacting to global warming much faster than anticipated: Research published in Geophysical Research Letters shows that the ice cap on Austfonna in Swalbard is practically sliding into the ocean - much faster than anticipated. This could be an indication that the ice sheet contribution to sea level rise might increase rapidly. Read the article by Joby Warrick ...

[January 16, 2015] Time to get angry: During the Glen Gerberg Weather and Climate Summit in Breckenridge, CO., Jim White and James Balog concluded that it is time to get angry about the extent of climate change and environmental degradation and the inactivity of decision makers to address the challenges. Read the summary article by Adam Spencer ...

[January 15, 2015] The Arctic is Changing Rapidly. How Will Those Changes Impact Us?: During the Glen Gerberg Weather and Climate Summit, which took place in Breckenridge, Colorado, there was a Community Event on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, with presentations by Jim White and James Balog. ODU's MARI organized a local event with live-streaming of the presentations and the possibility to ask questions. About 70 people could watch the presentation and ask questions. Read more here ...

[January 15, 2015] Global Sea level rise may have increased recently more than previously thought: A paper published online in Nature on January 15, 2015 finds that sea level between 1901 and 1990 rose by 1.2±0.2 mm/yr and then increased to 3.0±0.7 mm/yr for the period 1993 to 2010. According to the authors, this large increase would have consequence for future sea level rise projections. Read the article by Carling et al. ...

[January 13, 2015] Global warming poses new national security risk: The presentations given at the Climate and Weather Summit in Breckenridge, CO., underline the the rapid warming of the Arctic poses a new risk to national security. Read the article in the Colorado Independent by Bob Berwyn ...

[January 7, 2015] 2014 was the hotest year on record: Preliminary data released by the Japanese Meteorological Agency indicates that 2014 was the hotest year since 1891, when global records began. Read the article by Timothy Cama in The Hill ...

[January 6, 2015] Bringing Venice to the U.S. East Coast: Researchers from Princeton University are “trying to find a way that canals can work their way through and connect each house, so that kayaks and other small boats are able to navigate through the water.” According to Princeton Associate Professor of Architecture Paul Lewis, in this way “every house will be a waterfront house.” Read the Featured Story ...

[January 5, 2015] Treading Water is no Solution: Jim Oliver, a participant of the December 2014 FEMA table top exercise looking at Climate Preparedness and Resilience in Hampton Roads, published a personal account of the event. The table top exercise was hosted by ODU. Read the blog by Jim Oliver in the Daily Press ...