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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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UPCOMMING EVENTS
  • Climate Data Initiative: Chesapeake Bay Hackathon: The Hackathon will take place on November 8-9, 2014. The Hackathon will comprise two intense 12-hour sessions of programing of products that will use data to generate relevant information for the people in Hampton Roads to better handle the challenges of climate change and sea level rise. Read more ...

  • Sixth Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum: September 19, 2014, 8:30 AM - 3 PM at ODU Tri-cities Center. Representatives from several of the sea level rise vulnerability/data mapping tools will sort through the available options. A federal agency representative will talk about the new National Climate Assessment and its implications for Hampton Roads. More information will be available here soon.


LATEST NEWS

[August 25, 2014] Divergent Perception and Reality: The latest survey of Hampton Roads' population revealed that there is a large discrepancy between reality and people's perception of the impacts of sea level rise, with the respondents tending to ignore the impacts and assuming falsly that responsibility for the damage caused by flooding is with the property insurances. Read the full article ...

[August 16, 2014] Planning for Climate Change: In an article titled “As Climate Changes, 'Underwater Mortgage' May Take on New Meaning” James Tarmy discusses the key criteria that young people should consider with respect to climate change impacts on their lives over their long live. He finds that most studies simply come down to “a question of temperature, coastal cities, and water availability — those are the big driving forces.” Read the full article ...

[August 15, 2014] Children are on the front line of climate change: A UNICEF Report published in April 2014 states that children and young people, who represent 30% of the world's population, represent the largest most vulnerable group of people currently affected by climate change. They also are the group that has to deliver the deepest cut in carbon emissions needed to reduce climate change. An article in the Guardian points out that they, who own the risk, are seen but not heard and summarizes ways of how children could be involved in the dialog about climate change.

[August 1, 2014] ODU named one of 50 great affordable eco-friendly colleges by Best Choice Schools: ODU is included in the list of the “50 Great Affordable Eco-Friendly Colleges” published by “Best Choice Schools published recently. ODU is number 32 in this list. After the news was posted on ODU's Facebook page, ODU friends reacted very positively to the news (see the screen shot to the right). See the full list ...

[July 29, 2014] A long history of taking away the room for water contributes to frequent flooding: The changes in the map of Norfolk over the last 100 and more years, which illustrate the progressive filling of the space occupied by water to get more valuable real estate, have contributed to increased flooding. An article in the Virginian Pilot discusses the details. Read the article.

[July 28, 2014] Increase in nuisance flooding along the U.S. Coasts documented in a NOAA report: The report “Sea Level Rise and Nuisance Flood Frequency Changes around the United States” published by NOAA finds that nuisance flooding caused by sea level rise has increased on all three U.S. coasts, between 300 and 925 percent since the 1960s. Read the summary or access the report ...

[July 25, 2014] Credibility of Science: In a column in the journal ApoGeo Hans-Peter Plag, ODU, finds that the credibility of science requries scientists to better clarify what they do not know instead of mapping this all into a wide range of uncertainty. He uses the recent rapid change in our knowledge of the potential contribution of ice sheets to sea level rise as an example to illustrate the problems in communicating scientific knowledge to society. Read the column ...

[July 24, 2014] Paper co-authored by ODU researchers reported in the press: The paper co-authored by Tal Ezer and Larry Atkinson, ODU, on frequent flooding is referenced in a article in the Virginian Pilot titled “Flooding in Norfolk getting worse, ODU study shows.” Read the article ...

[July 23, 2014] Report on reducing coastal risks on the East and Gulf Coasts released: The Division on Earth nad Life Studies of the National Academies released a report that examines coastal risk reduction strategies for the East and Gulf Coasts and principles to guide future investments. The report finds the nation has been largely reactive to date, with the majority of coastal-storm-related federal investments provided only after disasters occur. Very little of the funding is used for strategies that reduce the consequences of coastal storms. Given the enormous and rising costs of coastal disasters, the report identifies the need for a strategic national vision for reducing risks, guided by a national coastal risk assessment that identifies areas most at risk. See here for more details and access to the report. The report can be downloaded here.

[July 21, 2014] Sea Level Rise makes it into the theatre: The Virginia Stage Company commissioned a musical on the impacts of sea level rise on the area. The work, which is created by Eric Schorr, is set to premiere at the Wells Theatre in Norfolk in early 2016. It is the fifth theater piece commissioned by the regional, professional theater company for its “American Soil” series on subjects relevant to the area and beyond. See here for more details.

[July 19, 2014] U.S. poor in energy efficiency: Germany tops a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, China, France, and Japan, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The United States ranked 13th out of 16 nations, behind countries such as India, China, and Canada, although new carbon pollution standards proposed this June for existing power plants would be a major stride in the right direction, the ACEEE said. See here for more details. The report can be downloaded here ...

[July 18, 2014] The planet is getting hotter: The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association issues a report each year compiling the latest data collected by scientists from around the world. The annual report for 2013 was published, and it documents a clear message: the planet is still getting hotter, and sea level continues to rise. See here for the highlights of the report. A commentary is available here. The fact that changes are faster than at any point on record is emphasized in a comentary in Science, see here ...

[July 10, 2014] Climate Deniers Strike Back: A few days after climatologist Dr. Christopher Keating offered a $30,000 reward to anyone who can disprove that man-made climate change is real (see here), climate deniers strikes back: At a climate skeptic conference in Las Vegas, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) announced a fundraising effort to produce a documentary that would offer the climate skeptic's perspective on global warming. The attack is spearheaded by Marc Morano, dubbed the "king of skeptics" by Newsweek. See here for more details ...

[July 9, 2014] Report Offers Policy Solutions to Safeguard Coastal Virginia from Rising Tides: The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) released the report “Safe Coast Virginia: Climate Change Threats and Practical Solutions for Virginia.” The group proposes 10 recommendations to reduce carbon pollution and manage sea level rise. Access the report ...

[July 6, 2014] Invitation to climate deniers to make their case — and win a price, if they can: Physics professor and climate change expert Dr. Christopher Keating is offering a $30,000 reward to anyone who can disprove that man-made climate change is real. Read more here ...

[July 2, 2014] Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Convening Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission : Governor McAuliffe visited First Landing State Park on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach to sign Executive Order 19, convening the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. Read more here ...