World-leading Climate Scientist to Discuss Implications of New Estimates for Sea-Level Rise in Norfolk

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One of the world's leading experts on melting polar ice will be visiting Norfolk on Wednesday, October 28 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 the likely minimum by 2100 – would affect famous locations in the Seven Cities 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. 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, and Dr. Jim White, Professor at The University of Colorado at Boulder, will offer observations from their experiences at 10:00 AM at Old Dominion University. The event, presented in association with ODU and Wetlands Watch, 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 Whitehurst Beach at ODU, at the end of W. 48th St., off of Powhatan Ave. 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. Dr. White’s specialties include global change, paleoclimate dynamics and biogeochemistry. Dr. White is a member of the Directorate of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at The University of Colorado at Boulder which does research, education, and outreach related to Earth System Science and Global Change in high-latitude, alpine, and other environments.

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 Norfolk area.

Norfolk is one of eight 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 Norfolk, with the most detailed maps and projections available

When:     
Wednesday, October 28
10:00 AM

Where:    
Engineering and Computational Sciences Auditorium
Old Dominion University
4600 Elkhorn Ave.
Norfolk, Va. 23529

And, photographers and TV crews in particular are invited to cover the second event on Wednesday:

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

When:     
Wednesday, October 28
12:30 PM

Where:     
Whitehurst Beach at ODU
End of W. 48th St., off of Powhatan Ave.

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

Old Dominion University is Virginia's forward-focused, public doctoral research university for high-performing students from around the world who want a rigorous academic experience in a fast-paced and profoundly multi-cultural community.

Wetlands Watch is a Virginia non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and conserving Virginia wetlands. Launched on Earth Day 2001, Wetlands Watch believes that citizens who understand the value of wetlands will be motivated to protect and conserve them.

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