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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
  • CCPO/MARI Seminar: Monday, October 20, 2014, 3:30 PM, IRP II: The next seminar in the joint Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute (MARI) and the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography (CCPO) seminar series will be given by Jennifer Irish from Virginia Tech. Dr. Irish research is focused on the physical impacts of coastal hazards, with particular emphasis on the effects of storm surge, tsunami inundation, and erosion. Her seminar will present results from a study that considers the risks of coastal flooding that result from the combined effects of sea level rise and storm surge. For more information, see here ...

  • Climate Data Initiative: Chesapeake Bay Hackathon: The Hackathon will take place on November 8-9, 2014. The Hackathon will comprise two intense 12-hour sessions of programing of products that will use data to generate relevant information for the people in Hampton Roads to better handle the challenges of climate change and sea level rise. Read more ...


LATEST NEWS

[October 15, 2014] Climate Change has come to Norfolk: As reported in The Atlantic City Lab, Climate change has come to Norfolk (which sound like the modified title of a Leonard Cohen song), and ODU has responded with MARI to produce the practice-relevant knowledge that can help to find solutions. Read the article by Henry Grabar.

[October 13, 2014] Climate Change a "threat multiplier" to be addressed "in a mere twilight: Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today the release of DoD's Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap; see http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/10/13/climate-change-issue-national-security. In the announcement, he identified climate change as a threat multiplier, and citing military strategist Carl von Clausewitz, he pointed out that "all action must, to a certain extent, be planned in a mere twilight." The announcement mentions Hampton Roads as a region of special interest to DoD. He acknowledge the global nature of the problem and underlined the need to work with other nations.

[October 1, 2014] Unless we change direction, we will cross climate thresholds into an unpleasant future: Global temperature is likely to rise 3.3-5.6 degrees Celsius by the end of this century, unless international climate negotiations in Paris next year are more effective than expected, according to a report released Monday by the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Read more ...

[September 28, 2014] Virginia Hurricane Storm Surge Tool released:: The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) released a map for Virginia that shows storm surge zones indicating the maximum area that may be inundated by a hurricane of a given value for current sea level. No sea level rise has been taken into account to show how these zones might change in the future. See the map ...

[September 23, 2014] Special issue on Meteotsunamis:: The journal Natural Hazards has published a special issue on meteotsunamis. The contents are available here. The paper by Lipa et al. addresses the June 2013 U.S. East Coast meteotsunami.

[September 21, 2014] Here is what you can do: Desmond Tutu calls for tactics that beat apartheid to be used in climate fight: Desmond Tutu has called for an international campaign to boycott mining companies, oil corporations and other businesses involved in the trade of fossil fuels. Prior to this week's UN climate summit in New York, Tutu underlines the deep injustice in the fact that those who contribute least to climate change are suffereing most. Read the article in The Guardian ...

[September 19, 2014] Population explosion likely to continue in the 21st Century: A new study led by Patrick Gerland, United Nations Population Division in New York, and published in Science concludes that there is a high probability (80%) that the rapid growth of the global population will continue throughout the 21st century. This lowers the chances to mitigate climate change and manage its impacts. Read a summary here. Fred Pierce points out that it is not overpopulation that causes climate change, but rather overconsumption - see the article in The Guardian here ...

[September 17, 2014] Impacts of disaster are increasing: Reuters reports that in 2013, natural hazards uproot 22 million people globally, twices as many as 40 years ago (read the article ...). The number of people affected by disaster due to natural hazards is expected to continue rise. Rising sea level will contribute to this. For Australia alone, the damage could be as much as $226 billion (read the article in The Guardian ...). Unlike most people think, fixing climate change may actually not add any costs, finds a study discussed in an article in the New York Times ...

[September 14, 2014] Cities impacted by growing natural hazards largely have to rely on own resources: An article in Governing underlines the fact that in the absence of adaptation program on state or federal levels many of the U.S. cities facing increasing climate-related hazards have to increase resilience to cope with the problems. Interestingly, the few readers' comments are from non-experts doubting the reality of human-caused climate change.

[September 9, 2014] Virginia Secure Commonwealth Sub-panel report discussed in the press: The Bay Journal discussed the report's recommendation concerning emergency management. Read the article ...

[September 4, 2014] Sea level rise in the press, and Norfolk is mentioned again and again: Two examples of recent reports on the threat of sea level rise are the article in Governing.com and the study by Reuters. In both cases, Norfolk is mentioned as a place already severely impacted. As the Reuters study concludes, mitigating the impacts of sea level rise is causing increasing costs for the American tax payer.

[September 2, 2014] The link between diets and climate changes: A new study, published today in Nature Climate Change, suggests that — if current trends continue — food production alone will reach, if not exceed, the global targets for total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2050. The study shows that increased deforestation, fertilizer use and livestock methane emissions are likely to cause GHG from food production to increase by almost 80%. This will put emissions from food production alone roughly equal to the target greenhouse gas emissions in 2050 for the entire global economy. Read more ...