2013 Rising Seas Summit
Understanding Sea Level Rise in the Face of Extreme Events and an Uncertain Economy
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Co-presented by ICLEI USA
The inaugural Rising Seas Summit will bring professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental NGOs together to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events.
Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats is critical to national security and a stable economy. Sea level rise will continue to damage coastal ecosystems and inland water systems, and the recent catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Sandy have demonstrated the risks faced by all coastal communities on the U.S. eastern seaboard. These new environmental challenges require that stakeholders share knowledge and work together to reduce and mitigate environmental and social degradation induced by climate change.
Rising Seas Summit Program Topics
A primer on sea level rise, including drivers, projections and implications;
Analyses of recent reports published by the GAO, Army Corps of Engineers, National Climate Assessment and National Academies;
Modeling and planning for sea level rise;
Assessing risks to transportation infrastructure and developing resilience plans;
Case studies from domestic and international communities already adapting to sea level rise;
Quantifying the short-term and long-term economic implications; and
Managing risks related to more frequent and significant extreme events.