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Climate change and sea level rise is increasingly on the agenda of the public, the media, and decision makers in the public, private and social sectors of society. Focus is almost solely on the hazards and the potential disasters we might be facing. MARI at Old Dominion University is focusing on the solutions, the options we have to mitigate the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, and to adapt to the changes.

To develop the paractice-relevant solutions, MARI engages in research that produces the practice-relevant knowledge needed to cope with the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on the coastal zone and the urban coast in particular. In doing so, MARI responds to the knowledge needs of a wide range of community stakeholders, including government, military, private sector, and citizens. The high rate of local sea level rise, the exposure to extreme weather events, and the complex socio-economic structure makes Hampton Roads a natural laboratory for climate change and sea level rise. MARI utilizes this laboratory and works with stakeholders within and outside the region to generate the knowledge that can enable them not only to reduce the negative impacts but also to utilize the opportunities in the changes to come. To ensure that the stakeholders get the knowledge they can apply, MARI works closely with them to ensure a co-creation of practice-relevant knowledge and to support them in the use of this knowledge.


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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Resilient Region Reality Check (3RC): March 17, 2015. Old Dominion University's MARI and the Urban Land Institute (ULI Hampton Roads) in cooperation with a number of organizations in the region are jointly organizing a Resilient Region Reality Check focusing on impacts of climate change and sea level rise in Hampton Roads. In the pre-event phase, the population in Hampton Roads will have opportunities to participate in the development of the event and after the event, there will be opportunities to continue the dialog about the reality in our region. See the 3RC Event Page for more information.

  • GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Workshops: March 22-26, 2015 in Norfolk, VA. MARI supports the organization of two high-level workshops organized by the GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Network of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). The first workshop addresses “NAVIGATING SUSTAINABILITY ON A CHANGING PLANET” and the second Workshop focuses on “CONCEPTS, TECHNOLOGIES, SYSTEMS AND USERS OF THE NEXT GEOSS.” For more information, see 3rd Workshop announcement and 4th Workshop announcement.



LATEST NEWS

[January 23, 2015] Ice sheets may be reacting to global warming much faster than anticipated: Research published in Geophysical Research Letters shows that the ice cap on Austfonna in Swalbard is practically sliding into the ocean - much faster than anticipated. This could be an indication that the ice sheet contribution to sea level rise might increase rapidly. Read the article by Joby Warrick ...

[January 16, 2015] Time to get angry: During the Glen Gerberg Weather and Climate Summit in Breckenridge, CO., Jim White and James Balog concluded that it is time to get angry about the extent of climate change and environmental degradation and the inactivity of decision makers to address the challenges. Read the summary article by Adam Spencer ...

[January 15, 2015] The Arctic is Changing Rapidly. How Will Those Changes Impact Us?: During the Glen Gerberg Weather and Climate Summit, which took place in Breckenridge, Colorado, there was a Community Event on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, with presentations by Jim White and James Balog. ODU's MARI organized a local event with live-streaming of the presentations and the possibility to ask questions. About 70 people could watch the presentation and ask questions. Read more here ...

[January 15, 2015] Global Sea level rise may have increased recently more than previously thought: A paper published online in Nature on January 15, 2015 finds that sea level between 1901 and 1990 rose by 1.2±0.2 mm/yr and then increased to 3.0±0.7 mm/yr for the period 1993 to 2010. According to the authors, this large increase would have consequence for future sea level rise projections. Read the article by Carling et al. ...

[January 13, 2015] Global warming poses new national security risk: The presentations given at the Climate and Weather Summit in Breckenridge, CO., underline the the rapid warming of the Arctic poses a new risk to national security. Read the article in the Colorado Independent by Bob Berwyn ...

[January 7, 2015] 2014 was the hotest year on record: Preliminary data released by the Japanese Meteorological Agency indicates that 2014 was the hotest year since 1891, when global records began. Read the article by Timothy Cama in The Hill ...

[January 6, 2015] Bringing Venice to the U.S. East Coast: Researchers from Princeton University are “trying to find a way that canals can work their way through and connect each house, so that kayaks and other small boats are able to navigate through the water.” According to Princeton Associate Professor of Architecture Paul Lewis, in this way “every house will be a waterfront house.” Read the Featured Story ...

[January 5, 2015] Treading Water is no Solution: Jim Oliver, a participant of the December 2014 FEMA table top exercise looking at Climate Preparedness and Resilience in Hampton Roads, published a personal account of the event. The table top exercise was hosted by ODU. Read the blog by Jim Oliver in the Daily Press ...

[December 29, 2014] Property worth more than £1bn will be sacrificed in the U.K. alone: Coastal erosion will impact properties in many countries, and countries increasingly will have to accept this loss without compensation to those who are impacted. Referring to an unpublished analysis by the Environmental Agency in the U.K., The Guardian reports that in the U.K. about 7,000 homes and buildings will be sacrificed in the 21st century without compensation to the owners because protecting them would be too costly. Read the article by Damian Carrington ...

[December 27, 2014] The Sixth Mass Extinction Event is Happening: The earth has experienced 5 major mass extinction in its long geological history. Evidence is mounting that the sixth event is happening right now, and that it is caused by us. See, for example, the article by Julie Rossman and Clare Smith Marashof first published in World Science Festival. Adaptation to this event may be more demanding than adaptation to sea level rise, nuisance flooding, and climate change.

[December 25, 2014] Increasingly acidic oceans threaten world's mussel populations: Mussel shells become more brittle when they are formed in more acidic water is what a group at Glasgow University found. As the oceans become more acidic due to climate change, this could threaten the world's mussel population and an important food resourse for humans. Read the Guardian article summarizing the paper or the scientific paper by Fitzer et al. ...

[December 23, 2014] “Expect events to happen that you have never seen before. There will be no letup in the coming decades This is the message of Magareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ top official on natural disasters, for the anniversary of the December 24, 2004 tsunami. A rapidly growing global population is increasingly exposed to natural and humanmade hazards, and as a consequence, disaster will continue to grow in magnitude and frequency. Read the NYT article by Nick Cumming-Bruce ...

[December 22, 2014] The Crisis of Rising Sea Levels: Reuters published the fifth and last part in a series on sea level rise and its impact on coasts and coastal settlments. Get access to all five parts here ...

[December 22, 2014] Oil, coal and gas soon worthless? Increasingly, the value of investing in fossil fuels is doubted by bankers and investors. The new climate agreements are increasing these doubts. Read the article by Hannah Fuchs here ...

[December 20, 2014] Major U.S. cities have passed the 'tipping point' for sea level rise: Another study in a sequence of scientific papers focusing on the 'nuisance flooding' in U.S. coastal cities has been published, this time in “Future Earth.” Like others before, the study confirms the obvious: sea level rise is increasing the problems of tidal inundation in coastal cities built very close to the tidal range. Read the AGU Press Release and watch the Press Conference under the topic “The waters they are arising. What does the historical past warn of in the near term future?. The increase in nuisance flooding in Norfolk is also the focus of a recent Bloomberg article ...

[December 19, 2014] Slow-down in global warming may be due to small volcanic eruptions: Small volcanic eruptions that occurred between 2000 and 2013 have deflected almost double the amount of solar radiation previously estimated, and these recent eruptions could be responsible for decreasing global temperatures by 0.05 to 0.12 degrees Celsius since 2000, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters. Read the AGU Press release ...

[December 18, 2014] Cities prepare for disasters they have experienced, not the new ones that might happen: An main conclusion of a series of articles on New York City's preparedness for climate and weather-related hazards is that cities have a tendency to react to previous hazards without necessarily preparing for waht might happen under climate change. Read the last article in the series written by Lilah Raptopoulos and published in The Guardian ...

[December 7, 2014] Soil degradation threatens food security: An article in Huffington Post reports that at a forum marking the World Soil Day, an U.N. offical expressed worry about the rapid degradation of top soils. The top soil could be gone in 60 years if the current degradation continues, warned Maria-Helena Semedo of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This would add to all the other threats for food security resulting from climate change and efforts to mitigate climate change for example through biofuels. Read the article by Chris Arsenault ...

[December 6, 2014] UN Report finds that cost of climate change adaptation will be higher than thought: An article in The Guardian discusses a UN Report presented at COP 2 in Lima, Peru, which finds that adapting to a warmer climate could cost almost three times as much as thought previously. This also implies that coastal cities will have to compete with many others for funds allocatwed to adaptation. Read the article by Dan Collyns ...

[December 5, 2014] The worst case may be worse than anticipated, and it may be happening: Two refined studies of the melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet indicated that the melting is accelerating due to relatively warm ocean water is reaching to the base of the ice. A catastrophic collapse cannot be excluded. Applying Dick Cheney's one-percent doctrine, it may be time to take the threat of a rapid sea level rise becoming a "weapon of mass destruction" serious and to start making severe adjustment to how we live and operate in the coastal zone. Read the article by Chris Mooney and Joby Warrick summarizing the two scientific papers.

[December 4, 2014] White House publishes Fact Sheet listing sixteen U.S. communities recognized as Climate Action Champions for Leadership on Climate Change: The White House published yesterday a list of U.S. Communities that are considered champions for leadership in climate change. The Hampton Roads Pilot Project (see here for details) is mentioned on the fact sheet. Read the Fact Sheet ...