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

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One of the world's leading experts on melting polar ice will be visiting Wilmington on Tuesday, October 27 to explain why ice in the Arctic and Antarctic is melting and how one meter or more of sea level rise – which scientists now say is likely by 2100 – would affect famous locations in the Wilmington area and other major population centers along the east coast of the United States.

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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. We will also offer those animations in a compressed format suitable for posting to a web site.

There will be two elements to the event:

  •     Dr. Robert Bindschadler, NASA Chief Scientist, will offer observations from his experience in the Antarctic at 10:00 AM at the UNCW Executive Development Center. The event, presented in association with UNCW and Audubon North Carolina, is part of the “Hip Boot Tour” organized by Clean Air-Cool Planet, a non-profit group dedicated to fighting global warming.
  •     A visual demonstration will take place at 12:30 PM at Wrightsville Beach. 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. Bindschadler has been an active Antarctic field researcher for the past 25 years. He has led field expeditions to Antarctica and has participated in many other expeditions to glaciers and ice caps around the world and currently sits on the US and International Planning Groups for the International Polar Year. He maintains active research into the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets, investigating how remote sensing can improve understanding of the role of ice in the Earth's climate.

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 the Wilmington area.

Wilmington is one of eight major cities the “Hip Boot Tour” is visiting 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 brings 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 Wilmington, with the most detailed maps and projections available

WHEN:     Tuesday, October 27
        10:00 AM

WHERE:    Executive Development Center, UNCW
        1241 Military Cutoff Road
        Wilmington, NC 28405

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

WHEN:     Tuesday, October 24
        12:30 PM

WHERE:     Wrightsville Beach, Beach Access #33
        Beside the Blockade Runner hotel on South Lumina Dr.
        Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

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

From its establishment as Wilmington College in 1947 with 238 students to its record-setting enrollment of nearly 13,000 in 2009, the University of North Carolina Wilmington has transformed the lives of more than 53,000 men and women over the past 62 years and has had a major impact on the community it serves

The mission of the National Audubon Society's North Carolina State Office is to help conserve and restore the North Carolina habitats we share with all wildlife, focusing on the needs of birds. Audubon North Carolina achieves its mission through a blend of science-based research and conservation, education and outreach, and advocacy.


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