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MDC Lecture, Sea Level Rise

Nov 8th, 2016 | Category: Lecture Series, MDC News

New Smyrna, South Beach


MDC November Lecture Will Focus On Sea Level Rise

When: Thursday, Nov. 17, starting at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach
Cost: FREE

Dr. Jason Evans will be the guest speaker for the November lecture at the Marine Discovery Center and will present on the topic: “Can We Keep Our Heads Above Water? Sea Level Rise Planning Across the Southeast United States.

Evans’ presentation begins with a short primer on the basic science of climate change and projections of sea-level rise through the year 2100 and beyond. A visual tour of sea-level rise impacts in various communities throughout the southeast United States will be provided.

Potential impacts that will be discussed include increased beach erosion, shifts in wildlife habitat, salinization of farmland, stresses on local infrastructure, and flooding of homes.

In addition, Evans will discuss how Florida coastal communities, including those not yet seeing the most dramatic impacts, are already being impacted by the loss of storm-water drainage potential and numerous environmental concerns associated with higher water tables.

Options and strategies for sea-level rise adaptation planning at the local level will be discussed, including incorporating technical uncertainty and disagreement about climate change projections into future planning.

Evans is an assistant professor of environmental science at Stetson University. Most of his current research is focused on the impacts of sea-level rise in the southeast United States and is supported through the NOAA Sea Grant College Program.

He also has past experience and ongoing research interest in the impacts of residential landscaping on estuarine water quality, relationships between aquatic plants and algal growth in Florida springs.

The Marine Discovery Center’s monthly lecture is open to the public at no charge. No reservations are required.

For more information, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.