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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
  • Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: Next Steps for the Commonwealth: December 5, 2014, Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic (VCPC), Williamsburg, VA. See the "Save the Date Mail" here.

  • CCPO/MARI Seminar: Monday, November 17, 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 by Dr. Richard Miller, Institute of Coastal Science and Policy at East Carolina University, who will present results from a study designed to investigate material transport to the coastal ocean by rain events. For more information, see here ...


LATEST NEWS

[November 15, 2014] : Dan Kahan links “worldviews” to the way we treat scientific facts and base our actions on these facts. Science communication needs to account for this if science wants to inform solutions and enable mitigation and adaptation. Read the article by Paul Voosen and find out how Dan Kahan helped the communities in South Florida to develop adaptation measures for sea level rise.

[November 11, 2014] The world governments are failing Earth's ecosystems: Julia Marton-Lefèvre, director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN told Guardian Australia that conservation needed to be properly embraced by political leaders. She said &ldqo;on a planet with 7bn people, moving to 9bn, this isn't just about protecting our beautiful places, it's protecting the places that provide us with water and food and protect us from extreme weather.” Read the The Guardian article by Oliver Milman.

[November 10, 2014] The world governments are failing Earth's ecosystems: Julia Marton-Lefèvre, director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN told Guardian Australia that conservation needed to be properly embraced by political leaders. She said &ldqo;on a planet with 7bn people, moving to 9bn, this isn't just about protecting our beautiful places, it's protecting the places that provide us with water and food and protect us from extreme weather.” Read the The Guardian article by Oliver Milman.

[November 8, 2014] No good news for EPA and those who hoped for less and cleaner coal burning: In an interview, the incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that blocking the carbon pollution regulations for existing power plants is a promise he made to Kentucky on the campaign trail this year. McConnell said he feels a “deep responsibility” to stop the EPA from implementing its proposed carbon pollution standards, which are a central pillar of Obama's climate legacy. Read the The Hill article by Laura Barron-Lopez.

[November 7, 2014] Repercussions of the last election may be felt in many regions on parts of the planet: The election result puts Obama's climate pledge to lead a global effort to help poor nations combate climate change at risks. Republicans like Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe are not supporting U.S. dollars to be spent to help others suffering from the climate change. Read the Bloomberg article by Marc Drajem.

[November 3, 2014] IPCC warns of severe consequences of climate change: In its most recent assessment, the IPCC find that “continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.” At a news news conference in Copenhagen, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said “Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side. ” Read the NYT article by Justin Gillis.

[November 1, 2014] Nuisance Flooding in Norfolk: The low pressure and wind field caused considerable flooding in Norfolk. High tide at about 6:00 PM reached slightly more than 5.0 feet above MLLW at Sewells Point, and this resulted in many roads being flooded. Even delivery of mail was impacted. See the full picture gallery here ....
The mail service is impacted by the flodding, and a number of houses are unreachable.

The flooding of Hampton Boulevard impacts traffic and creates many dangerous situations, besides damaging the cars that are driven through the nearly foot-deep water.

The second house in the street has recently been elevated by about 8 feet. However, the flooding blocks the street and the house is not reachable.
 
Chairs on a pier that is normally well above the water are now in the water.

Using the Titan utility made available by the city government, the extent of the flooding in Norfolk can be visualized as function of the water level. The picture is for approaximately 5.0 feet above MLLW.
 

[October 31, 2014] Chuck Hagel says climate change is as bad as ISIS: The Huffington Post reports that the U.S. Secretary of Defence considers the threat of climate change as bad as the threat from ISIS. Read the article by Jennifer Bendery.

[October 30, 2014] More on the causes of sea level rise: The Guardian summarizes the main findings of a new paper on the contributions to sea level rise. About half of the current rise appears to be due to contributions from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Read the article by John Abraham.

[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 ...