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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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  • Follow-up to 3RC: A follow-up event on the recent “Resilient Region Reality Check” that took place on March 17, 2015 at ODU is now in planning by the Urban Land Institute for June 9, 2015.

  • Hampton Roads Flooding/Sea Level Rise Adaptation Forum: The next forum is scheduled for May 22 from 8:30 am- 3 pm at the VMASC Center 1030 University Blvd. Suffolk, VA 23435. Lunch and morning coffee and snacks will be provided. The topic for the quarterly meeting is “Megaproject Protective Structures for Hampton Roads. For more information and a link to the registration, see here.

  • Preparing for the Journey to the Post-Holocene: At the meeting of the Explorer Club in Washington D.C. on Saturday, May 16, 2015, Hans-Peter Plag will show that humanity is on a journey to the Post-Holocene and discuss steps to prepare for this journey into the unknown. The presentation will be at the Cosmo Club in D.C. at 7:30 PM.


  • 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 jointly organized a Resilient Region Reality Check focusing on perceptions of climate change and sea level rise in Hampton Roads. See for more information.

  • GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Workshops: March 22-26, 2015 in Norfolk, VA. MARI supported 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 addressed “NAVIGATING SUSTAINABILITY ON A CHANGING PLANET” and the second Workshop focused on “CONCEPTS, TECHNOLOGIES, SYSTEMS AND USERS OF THE NEXT GEOSS.” For more information, see 3rd Workshop announcement and 4th Workshop announcement.

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[April 3, 2015] Abrupt climate change impacts are happening: The rapid decrease of Arctic sea ice particularly in the summer months is one of the abrupt climate change impacts already taking place. It also is an impact with positive feedback expected to accelerate more over the near future. See impressive graphics created by Kennedy Elliott and read the article by Chris Mooney ...

[April 2, 2015] The inequity of global warming: Most of the anthropogenic carbon emmission originates on the northern hemisphere (see the graphics by Kennedy Elliott), where 90% of the global population lives, but the countries on the southern hemisphere are impacted by global warming. However, those ecountries that are responsible for most of the carbon emission are content with a target limit for global warming climate change of 2.0oC while those countries contributing much less request a target limit of 1.5oC. Thus, the inequity is not only in causing global warming and suffering from it, but also in the willingness to make efforts to limit is. Read the article by Chris Mooney ...

[March 14, 2015] The supply and demand side of climate change denial: Commenting on the opening of the movie “Merchants of Doubt” the author of book from which the movie originated, Naomi Oreske, points out that there is a supply side for climate denial but also a demand side, and we need to understand and consider both sides. Read the Washington Post article by Chris Mooney ...

[March 13, 2015] Carbon emission did not grow in 2014: Data collected by the International Energy Agency indicates that in 2014 for the first time in 40 years, carbon emission did not grow. However, the emission is very high and increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide rapidly. Read the press release ...

[March 12, 2015] Arctic warming likely to increase extreme weather on the northern hemisphere: Scientific evidence is growing that the Arctic warming is impacting the jet streams and leading to more extreme weather across the northern hemisphere, including prolongt extreme cold spells and heat waves. Read the Washington Post article by Chris Mooney ...