May 2014

Rising Seas Presents Sea Level Rise Program at Plymouth Harbor Community, Sarasota

Rising Seas presented a program on sea level rise at Plymouth Harbor May 8th 2014 featuring a lecture by Dr. Jennifer Shafer and a lively discussion following.  The lecture featured the latest information on the causes of sea level rise, how fast sea level is rising in Southwest Florida and what area communities are doing to prepare for the anticipated rising waters.

May 2014

Rising Seas and Pelican Cove University Present Sea Level Rise Forum at Pelican Cove, Sarasota

Rising Seas and Pelican Cove University presented a forum on sea level rise at Pelican Cove May 8th.  The forum, attended by 180 Pelican Cove residents featured a video presentation followed by a panel discussion.

The evening began with a warm welcome from Willard Block, lead organizer of the event from Pelican Cove, followed by Dr. David Shafer, founder of Rising Seas, who provided an introduction and context for the video presentation of a recent seminar on sea level rise featuring two internationally known Nobel Laureate climate scientists, Dr. Pier Vellinga and Dr. Henry Pollack.   Following the presentation, questions from the audience were directed to a panel consisting of:  Dr. Jennifer Shafer, Dr. David Shafer, Dr. Dan Perlmutter, Professor Emeritus at University of Pennsylvania, Dr. David Triggle, Professor Emeritus at SUNY Buffalo, and Dr. Lou Levitt, Professor Emeritus at Yushiva University. Drs. Triggle and Levitt teach courses at Pelican Cove University on science, society and policy, and Dr. Perlmutter authored the 2010 book, The Challenge of Climate Change.

Questions and comments from the panel discussion are available from Willard Block.  Please send an email to Rising Seas for his contact information.

December 2013

Union of Concerned Scientists releases new publications on sea level rise and flood insurance

Rising Seas partner Union of Concerned Scientists has two new publications dealing with sea level rise and flood insurance.  These reports are available for free by digital download.

Rapidly Rising Seas: What the science tells us - Causes of Sea Level Rise

Our coasts face growing risks from sea level rise. Today's flood insurance system encourages development that increases these risks -- and taxpayers nationwide pay the price.  LINK

Overwhelming Risk: Rethinking Flood Insurance in a World of Rising Seas

Our coasts face growing risks from sea level rise. Today's flood insurance system encourages development that increases these risks -- and taxpayers nationwide pay the price.  LINK


October 2013

Southwest Florida Exclusive: Free screenings of "Shored Up" with Film Director Ben Kalina and Expert Panelists

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Join us for exclusive Southwest Florida screenings of the powerful new documentary Shored Up.  Find out what happens when human nature and the force of nature collide, and the hard choices that result when coastal development is impacted by storms and sea level rise.  Meet and chat with film director Ben Kalina at a reception before the film.  After the film, join Ben and our expert panelists to interpret the film to Southwest Florida. 

 

Tuesday November 5, 2013 | Sarasota, Florida

New College of Florida Map
Sanier Pavilion, 5313 Bayshore Rd, Sarasota

Reception at 6:00 PM, Film starts at 6:30, Discussion follows with our expert Panel:

Ben Kalina | Director and Producer of Shored Up

Jono Miller | Environmental Studies Faculty, New College of Florida

Dr. Ernie Estevez | Emeritus Researcher, Mote Marine Laboratory

Free admission with RSVP. Click here to register


Wednesday November 6, 2014

Florida Gulf Coast University Map
Edwards Hall Rm 112, 10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Fort Myers

Reception at 6:00 PM, Film starts at 6:30, Discussion follows with our Expert Panel:

Ben Kalina | Director and Producer of Shored Up

Dr. Michael Savarese | Geobiologist, Florida Gulf Coast University

Jim Beever | Senior Planner, Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

Dr. Joanne Muller | Paleoclimatologist, Florida Gulf Coast University

Free admission. Click here for more info and to RSVP


Sponsored by The Union of Concerned Scientists, New College of Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University. Supporting partners include Rising Seas, The Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Shafer Consulting, HDR, and BDH Associates.


June 2013

Association of Climate Change Officers present Rising Seas Summit in Fort Lauderdale June 18-20, 2013

 

The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) presented their inaugural Rising Seas Summit June 18-20, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The mission of ACCO is to define, develop and support the functions, resources and communities necessary for effective organizational leadership in adressing climate-related risks and opportunites. 

The Summit brought professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental NGOs together to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events. Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats is critical to national security and a stable economy. Sea level rise will continue to damage coastal ecosystems and inland water systems, and the recent catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Sandy have demonstrated the risks faced by all coastal communities on the U.S. eastern seaboard. These new environmental challenges require that stakeholders share knowledge and work together to reduce and mitigate environmental and social degradation induced by climate change.

Representatives from Southwest Florida attended the Summit, including Jim Beever, Principal Planner from the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, who delivered a presentation.  Executive Directors Dr. Jennifer shafer and Dr. David Shafer of the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida, a supporting partner of the Summit, also attended along with Dr. Frank Alcock, assistant professor of political science at New College of Florida, and Rachel Herman from Sarasota County Department of Natural Resources.

June 2013

Chasing the Waves: King Tide Photo Exhibit

1st Place 2012 King Tide Photo Contest, featuring Katie StultzBayou Louise, Siesta Key, Florida. Photo credit: Larry Stultz

 

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) and Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) have partnered to present Chasing the Waves: King Tide Photo Exhibit. The free exhibit launched Thursday, June 6 at a reception held at the Federal Building in downtown Sarasota at 111 S. Orange Ave. The photos will be on display in the lobby through July before traveling to other venues in Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, and Pinellas Counties. The goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness about future sea level rise conditions. Images will include winning submissions to the King Tide Photo Contest held last year by SBEP and TBEP. The exhibit will also include photos from the U.S., Australia and small Pacific Island nations, showing the global impact of rising sea levels.

As a part of the June 6 reception, Sea level rise projection maps for Sarasota Bay, developed by Dr. Jennifer Shafer and Dr. David Shafer from Shafer Consulting, were on display, demonstrating what 0.5 to 1 meter of sea level rise means to Sarasota Bay.

Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (Sarasota): June – July

South Florida Museum (Bradenton): September – October

Sarasota Bay Water Festival (Sarasota): November 2

Weedon Island Preserve (St. Pete) : November 4 – 30

Robinson Preserve (Bradenton) : January – February 2014

Oldsmar Public Library (St. Pete) – April 2014

April 2013

WEDU Exclusive Screening: The Island President, a film by John Shenk

 

Community Cinema, a national documentary screening series presented locally by WEDU, West Coast Florida’s primary PBS station and Independent Television Service (ITVS) presented a screening of The Island President at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on the New College of Florida campus on April 30th.

The Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls.  As the lowest and flattest country on Earth (average ground level is 1.5 meters, or approximately 4 ft 11 in above sea level), the Maldives is extremely vulnerable to rising sea level and faces the very real possibility that the majority of its land area will be underwater by the end of this century.  Despite the size of his country and his political challenges at home, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.

Following the screening, a local panel featuring Barbara Lausche, Director of the Mote Marine Policy Institute, Joel Fedder, a popular Florida climate change lecturer, and Dr. Frank Alcock, assistant professor of political science at New College of Florida, fielded questions from the audience.

Sea level rise projection maps for Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay, developed by Dr. Jennifer Shafer and Dr. David Shafer from Shafer Consulting, were featured at a New College sponsored reception following the film, demonstrating what 0.5 to 1 meter of sea level rise means to Southwest Florida coastal habitats and communities.

March 2013

Raising Minds about Rising Seas: Nobel Peace Prize Climate Scientists address Southwest Florida on Sea Level Rise

 

Launching the Rising Seas speaker series, Nobel Peace Prize scientists Pier Vellinga and Henry Pollack visited Southwest Florida March 25 - 28 to share the  latest science and projections for sea level rise in Florida. The scientists spoke to more than 800 people at New College of Florida, Sarasota Tiger Bay Club and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg about how we might adapt to or mitigate the risks of sea level rise to our natural and built environments.  They stressed the importance of short and long-term planning and shared news of sea level rise and strategies to deal with it from around the world.

Dr. Vellinga is Professor in climate change and flood risk at Wageningen University and in climate change and societal implications at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.  He is the chairman of the Knowledge for Climate research program and vice chairman of the Climate Changes Spatial Planning program. These programs support the Netherlands government and companies with operational knowledge required for investment decisions related to climate change adaptation and mitigation. He was among the first scientists to publish on climate change and its implications regarding water and energy in the eighties. His education and training includes a Fullbright scholarship in the USA in 1967-68, an Msc (1976) and doctors degree at Delft University of technology (1984).

Dr. Pollack is Professor of geophysics (emeritus) at the University of Michigan, where he taught for more than forty years. Dr. Pollack travels regularly to Antarctica, and has conducted scientific research on all seven continents. In 2010, Pollack wrote the book A World Without Ice which provides an analysis of climate change science. In 2003, he wrote Uncertain Science ... Uncertain World.

Dr. Ernie Estevez, esteemed Emeritus Researcher at Mote Marine Laboratory joined the visiting scientists in a panel discussion at the Sarasota Tiger Bay luncheon, moderated by Dr. Frank Alcock, assistant professor of political science at New College of Florida.  Dr. Estevez, a nationally recognized leader in coastal ecology, has studied sea level rise in Southwest Florida for decades.

Julie Morris, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at New College and accomplished environmental studies leader at the College moderated the audience discussion following the lectures at New College and Dr. David Hastings, professor at Eckerd College, moderated the discussions following the lectures at Eckerd College

Sea level rise projection maps for Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay, developed by Dr. Jennifer Shafer and Dr. David Shafer from Shafer Consulting, were presented at the lectures demonstrating what 0.5 to 1 meter of sea level rise means to Southwest Florida coastal habitats and communities.

The events were sponsored by BDH Associates and Shafer Consulting in partnership with New College of Florida, Sarasota Tiger Bay Club and Eckerd College.

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Rising Seas was launched in 2012 to advance public understanding about the science of sea level rise, vulnerabilities of our natural and built environments, and potential strategies to mitigate or adapt to the risks. 

Rising Seas is supported by local, regional and national partnerships and managed by Shafer Consulting, a Sarasota-based environmental consulting firm. 

 

 

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