World-Leading Climate Scientist to Discuss Implications of New Estimates for Sea-Level Rise in Miami

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One of the world's leading experts on melting polar ice will visit Miami this Saturday, Oct. 24, 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 Miami area and other major population centers along the east coast of the United States. He will also be presenting maps with the newest, most detailed rendering of the effects in Miami.

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One of the world's leading experts on melting polar ice will visit Miami this Saturday, Oct. 24, 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 Miami area and other major population centers along the east coast of the United States.

This new information almost doubles the sea-level-rise estimates of only a few years ago, meaning the old maximum impact is the new minimum impact, according to Dr. Gordon Hamilton, a research professor at The University of Maine.

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.

Dr. Hamilton is active in current research on the rapid decline of the Greenland ice sheet. He will be speaking at 350.org’s International Day of Climate Action, in Bicentennial Park in Miami.

A visual demonstration – using a simple Hula Hoop festooned with blue Mylar – will be offered to 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. 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
  •     What a meter of sea level rise—the minimum projected by 2100—would mean for Miami.

Miami 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.

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

WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 1:30 PM

WHERE: Bicentennial Park
1075 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

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