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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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  • Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Spring 2015 Seminar Series: There will be four seminars on February 20, March 6, March 20, and April 3, 2015. See the flyer for details.

  • Resilient Region Reality Check (3RC): March 17, 2015. Old Dominion University 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 perceptions of climate change and sea level rise in Hampton Roads. See for more information.

  • NCWRA Symposium: Resiliency in Water Resources Management: What Does it Mean to You?: The agenda of the Annual Conference of the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) of the University of North Carolina System (NCSU) includes the NCWRA Syposium on resilience in water resource management. Hans-Peter Plag will open this symposium with a presentation on the global picture.

  • 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.


[March 14, 2015] The supply and demand side of climate change denial: Commenting on the opening of the movie “Merchants of Doubt” the author of book from which the movie originated, Naomi Oreske, points out that there is a supply side for climate denial but also a demand side, and we need to understand and consider both sides. Read the Washington Post article by Chris Mooney ...

[March 13, 2015] Carbon emission did not grow in 2014: Data collected by the International Energy Agency indicates that in 2014 for the first time in 40 years, carbon emission did not grow. However, the emission is very high and increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide rapidly. Read the press release ...

[March 12, 2015] Arctic warming likely to increase extreme weather on the northern hemisphere: Scientific evidence is growing that the Arctic warming is impacting the jet streams and leading to more extreme weather across the northern hemisphere, including prolongt extreme cold spells and heat waves. Read the Washington Post article by Chris Mooney ...

[February 11, 2015] Should geo-engineering to modify climate be discussed at all to overcome the need for climate change mitigation?: A National Research Council report recommends research into how changing the albedo could help to control climate change. Desperation about the failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently might lead to potentially dangerous geo-engineering to control climate change. Read the article by Chris Money ...

[February 10, 2015] Those who are impacted more, are more concerned: A recent poll shows that Hispanics in the U.S. are feeling the impacts of climate change in their personal lives and because of that, they are more concerned that other groups in society. Fifty-four percent of the Hispanics who responded to the poll rated global warming as extremely or very important to them personally, compared to only thirty-seven percent of the whites who took the poll. As much as sixty-seven percent of Hispanics responded that they would be hurt personally to a significant degree if nothing was done to reduce global warming, compared with half of whites. Read the article by Coral Davenport ...

[February 9, 2015] “Global climate change is not a man-made problem; it is a capital-made problem”: This is what Alnoor Ladha, executive director of The Rules said in a recent keynote. As a consequence, economy (or capitalism) needs to be changed to mitigate climate change. Read the article by Michael Green ...