Top Expert on Melting Polar ice to Discuss Impacts on Tampa Bay Region

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One of the world's leading experts on melting polar ice will be visiting Tampa on Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23 to explain why ice in the Arctic and Antarctic is melting and breaking up faster than expected, and how one meter or more of sea level rise – which scientists now say is likely by 2100 – would affect famous locations in the Tampa Bay area and other major population centers along the east coast of the United States.

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One of the world's leading experts on melting polar ice will be visiting Tampa on Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23 to explain why ice in the Arctic and Antarctic is melting and breaking up faster than expected, and how one meter or more of sea level rise – which scientists now say is likely by 2100 – would affect famous locations in the Tampa Bay area and other major population centers along the east coast of the United States.

The presentation will include animations, available on broadcast-ready B-rolls, reflecting the newest, most detailed current research on the potential effects of sea level rise.

There will be two elements to the event:

  •     A visual demonstration will take place at 11:00 AM Thursday at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive in Tampa. Using a simple Hula Hoop festooned with blue Mylar, experts will show the difference between previous forecasts for sea level rise by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (below the knees) and the new estimates for this century (chest to chin).
  •     Dr. Gordon Hamilton will offer observations from his experience in Greenland at 2:15 PM on Thursday, October 22, at the Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s Bay Area Scientific Information Symposium, at the Sun Spree Resort in St. Petersburg. He will repeat the presentation at 9:00 AM on Friday, October 23, at the Florida Audubon Assembly, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon. These events are part of the “Hip Boot Tour” organized by Clean Air-Cool Planet, a non-profit group dedicated to fighting global warming.

Dr. Hamilton, a research professor at The University of Maine, is active in current research on the rapid decline of the Greenland ice sheet. Dr. Hamilton has conducted extensive research on how melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica affect global sea levels.

You will see and hear:

  •     What the latest scientific research suggests is happening to polar ice
  •     How ice melting in the Arctic and Antarctic leads to higher sea levels, especially on the east coast, so that the old maximum estimate for this century is the new minimum
  •     What a meter of sea level rise—the minimum now projected by 2100—would mean for the Tampa-St. Petersburg area.

Tampa is one of eight major cities the “Hip Boot Tour” will visit to inform and educate Americans living in coastal cities about the direct impact they will face from melting ice caused by global warming. The tour will bring leading scientists from their research stations in the Arctic through cities from Miami, Fla., to Portland, Maine, before culminating with events in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Clean Air-Cool Planet is participating in events with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and the Florida Audubon Assembly. The Tampa Bay Estuary Bay Area Scientific Information Symposium will be at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in St. Petersburg on Thursday, October 22, while the Florida Audubon Assembly will be at the Hilton St. Petersburg, Carillon Park.

There will be three events, as follows:

WHAT:    Visual demonstration of the newly suggested rise in sea level, with the most detailed maps and projections available

WHEN:     Thursday, October 22
        11:00 AM

WHERE:    Florida Aquarium
        701 Channelside Drive
        Tampa, FL 33602

Also, in the afternoon:

WHAT:    Presentation from a leading climate scientist on polar ice melt and what one meter or more of sea level rise would mean to Tampa-St. Petersburg, with the most detailed maps and projections available

WHEN:     Thursday, October 22
        2:15 PM

WHERE:     Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort
        6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane S
        St. Petersburg, FL 33711

The presentation will be repeated on Friday:

WHEN:     Friday, October 23
        9:00 AM, 3:30 PM

WHERE:     Hilton St. Petersburg, Carillon Park
        950 Lake Carillon Drive
        St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Clean Air-Cool Planet is the leading science-based, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated solely to finding and promoting solutions to global warming.

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