Sea-level rise, coastal impacts and management implications

People around the world are coming to grips with the potential impacts of climate change.What does climate change mean for our coastlines? What evidence do we have to suggest that sea-levels will rise? How can we assess the vulnerability of our coastlines?

In recent geologic time, there have been some very rapid rates of sea-level rise which help us to understand how coasts have responded to such events. This can be compared with predicted rates and impacts of sea-level rise, as outlined in the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

About the Speaker

Professor Nick Harvey, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, and Executive Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, is a member of several international scientific committees dealing with global change. He is the only South Australian lead author on the recentIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II Report and has written more than 100 publications on coastal management and environmental impact assessment.

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