Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
MEDIA ADVISORY: NCDENR to Host Science Forum on Sea Level Rise
WHAT: Sea Level Rise Science Forum
WHEN: Jan. 14-15, 8:30 a.m.
WHERE: Hilton North Raleigh, 3415 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh
RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the N.C. Division of Coastal Management will host a Science Forum on Sea Level Rise featuring distinguished speakers from North Carolina, as well as invited speakers from other states.
The forum will be the vehicle through which the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will release a preliminary report on the current and projected rates of sea level rise in North Carolina. The report will project sea level rise ranges in 25-year intervals through 2100. The CRC, along with other DENR agencies, can use these metrics as the foundation for policy development and adaptation planning.
The meeting will begin Jan. 14 at 8:30 a.m. with welcoming remarks from DENR Secretary Dee Freeman and DENR assistant secretary Robin Smith.
Presentations include a history of sea level and shoreline change in N.C. by Dr. Stanley Riggs, East Carolina University; a primer on how sea level rise is measured by Dr. Benjamin Horton, University of Pennsylvania; and a special presentation on understanding climate and sea level rise projections by Dr. Virginia Burkett, chief scientist for Global Change Research and co-lead author of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third and Fourth Assessment Reports.
The forum will also feature a poster reception from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 14, which highlights sea level rise research in North Carolina and the United States.
For a complete agenda, list of speakers and poster abstracts, please visit the N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s Web site at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/cm/slr3.