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Webinar: Timing the flood: sea level rise, tidal flooding and future exposure along America's coasts

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Thursday, 10 August 2017, 12:00

Thursday, August 10, 2017. 12:00PM. Webinar: Timing the flood: sea level rise, tidal flooding and future exposure along America's coasts. William Sweet, Oceanographer, NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services - CO-OPS, Planning, Monitoring and Analysis Branch. Sponsored by Center for Satellite Applications and Research. More information here.


Abstract: Because of relative seal level rise (SLR), frequencies of high tide (nuisance) flooding causing minor impacts occur upwards of 300% to 1000% more often than in the 1960s. Annual flood frequencies are accelerating in dozens of U.S. locations and currently pose a costly challenge to several afflicted cities. This presentation will address: i) current trends and patterns of high tide flooding, and ii) when in the future more severe coastal flooding posing a 'serious risk to life and property' may become the new normal along U.S. coastlines under the new sea level rise scenarios.


About the Speaker: William Sweet is a NOAA oceanographer researching changes in coastal exposure due to sea level rise (SLR). He recently helped the U.S. military assess SLR risks to their coastal installations and led the production of a new set of regional SLR scenarios for the 4th U.S. National Climate Assessment. He now lives in Annapolis and experiences SLR effects first-hand.

 

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