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International WCRP/IOC Conference - Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts | 10-14 July 2017 | New York, USA

International WCRP/IOC Conference – Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts | 10-14 July 2017 | New York, USA

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Three perspectives on participating in the Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts conference | 10-14 July 2017, Columbia University, New-York (NY) – USA

Future Earth Coasts sponsored the participation of these three young/early career scientists. Below is a short bio on each of the participants with links to their to their abstracts and their experiences at the conference.

Meenu Rani | GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development | Almora, Uttarakhand,INDIA
Bio | Read more about Meenu
Abstract Title: Impacts of Hydrodynamic Factors of Sea and Sea Level Rise on Coastal Zone of Trivandrum, India using Coastal Vulnerability Index Geospatial Model

Meenu’s experience: Great success WCRP/IOC Sea Level Conference
“The WCRP, jointly with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) successfully organised Sea Level Conference-2017.  More than 350 scientists from over 42 countries gathered with very innovative posters and oral presentations at Columbia University, New York for presenting their ideas to resolve sea level rise problems. With the help of sponsors like, NOAA, NASA, Future Earth Coasts, WCRP, US Clivar and many more, the conference was a grand success. 

Meenu (in the middle) amongst those receiving a poster-award

Many-many thanks to Future Earth Coasts for providing financial support (sponsor of conference) to present our research at such an International platform. I got best poster award on “Impacts of Hydrodynamic Factors of Sea and Sea Level Rise on Coastal Zone of Trivandrum, India using Coastal Vulnerability Index Geospatial Model”.  The conference emphasize  the need of international coordination for new sealevel change program, including the provision of appropriate sea-level change climate services as part of a wider sea-level rise impact and adaptation effort. The conference was a 5-day event with a leading theme guiding the activities of each day starting with the past and working towards the future significance of rising waters on various topics on sea level rise and discussion at the end of each session ended with beautiful dinner Cruise. ” 

Salette Amaral de Figueiredo | Federal University of Rio Grande | Rio Grande, BRAZIL
Bio | Read more about Salette
Abstract Title: Shoreline Retreat: Sea Level Rise or Sediment Deficit?

Salette’s experience: Getting up to date on Sea Level Rise

Salette along side her poster on shoreline retreat

“The conference was focused in developing an integrated interdisciplinary program on sea level research reaching from the global to the regional and coastal scales. It also had a special focus on the impacts of sea level rise, increased storminess and high tides on coastal regions. In particular, the program aims for close interaction with relevant coastal stakeholders to make sure that the results effectively support impact and adaptation efforts and wider coastal zone development and management. I presented a poster on quantifying the role of sea level rise and sediment deficit on coastal retreat at an erosional hot spot in southern Brazil, entitled:  Shoreline Retreat: Sea Level Rise or Sediment Deficit? By attending this event I was able to get up to date with current sea level rise projections, impacts, and in quantifying the intrinsic uncertainties and adaptation strategies which will be very useful for my research and teaching. It follows 11 years after the first WCRP sea level conference (Paris, 2006), and three years after the last Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).It provided a comprehensive summary of the state of worldwide climate-related large scale sea level research.”

Matt  Strzelecki | University of Wroclaw | Wroclaw,  POLAND
Bio | Read more about Matt

Abstract Title: Processes controlling development of High Arctic paraglacial coastal systems
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Matt’s experience: Learning communicating Sea-level rise science to the public
The conference was the largest and probably most important platform for sea-level change discussion since many years! I was the only representative of Poland attending this special meeting.  What is more I was also one of the few coastal geomorphologists working on the impact of sea-level changes in Arctic coastal zone.  My intention was to present the importance of changes occurring in the Arctic associated with rising sea-levels, increasing storminess and decreasing duration of sea-ice protection. The conference was an inspiring experience as I was able to discuss my findings with researchers working in different morphoclimatic zones. From my personal perspective the most important outcome of the conference was learning about communicating sea-level science to the public. That’s a big problem we face every day. I’m more than confident that I’m now better prepared to promote my research and educate on sea-level changes than previously. “

All three researchers, Meenu, Salette and Matt meeting up at the conference in New York

Sea level change is already impacting coastal communities globally and will continue to do so. To meet urgent societal needs for useful information on sea level, the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) has established the theme “Regional Sea-Level Change and Coastal Impacts”, as one of its cross-cutting “Grand Challenge” (GC) science questions.

The GC Sea Level has designed and developed an integrated interdisciplinary program on sea level research reaching from the global to the regional and coastal scales. In particular, the program aims for close interaction with relevant coastal stakeholders to make sure that the results effectively support impact and adaptation efforts and wider coastal zone development and management.

Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts | 10-14 July 2017, Columbia University, New-York (NY) – USA

The WCRP, jointly with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), organised an international conference on sea level research addressing the existing challenges in describing and predicting regional sea level changes, and in quantifying the intrinsic uncertainties. It follows 11 years after the first WCRP sea level conference (Paris, 2006), and three years after the last Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will provide a comprehensive summary of the state of worldwide climate-related large scale sea level research. The 5 -day event had a leading theme guiding the activities of each day. For all the daily highlights and more information Conference website .

Salette presenting her poster during the Coastal Zone poster session

 

Meenu (third from left) enjoying river cruise as part of the conference

 

Matt in front of his posters at the Coastal Zone poster session for early career scientists.

 

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