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MARI at Old Dominion University 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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[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 ...

[June 29, 2014] To address climate change, nothing substitutes for reducing CO2 emissions: A new study by Raymond Pierrehumbert, Louis Block Professor in Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, and holder of the King Carl XVI Gustaf Chair in Environmental Sciences at Stockholm University for 2014-2015, indicates that reducing CO2 emissions is essentially the only way to address climate change. Because of a long-lasting effect of CO2 impacting climate several thousand years after emissions stopped, efforts to reduce emissions of other much shorter-lived greenhouse gases instead of CO2 are a “delusion:” “Until we do something about CO2, nothing we do about methane or these other things is going to matter much for climate,” Pierrehumbert said. Read more here ...

[June 28, 2014] Ice sheets may have already passed point of no return: Another scientific publication is added to the sequence of recent papers increasing the worry about a rapid sea level rise due to the melting of the large ice sheets. This time, the paper reports that during times only slightly warmer than currently most of the Greenland ice sheet melted, increasing global sea level by several meters. Read more here ...

[June 27, 2014] Mitigation and Adaptation Assessment Report for Virginia: The Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute (MARI) of Old Dominion University invites the academic community in Virginia to participate in a state-wide assessment of the knowledge on mitigation and adaptation with a focus on the practice-relevant knowledge societal stakeholders in Virginia need to ensure the livelihood of the communities under the expected changes in climate and sea level. Read more here or download the invitation ...

[June 26, 2014] U.S. faces significant economic risks from climate change: The Risky Business Project launched in October 2013 has released a report on the “The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States.” The report concludes that the U.S. faces significant and diverse economic risks from climate change. The PDF version can be downloaded from the above page and a local copy is available here. Details to support the report are in a Climate Prospectus (download; local copy). Many articles have commented on the report, see for example, WSJ, The Hill, Frobes.

[June 25, 2014] Adating to a transient coast: In an event organized by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) at ODU, about 50 ULI members and guest were informed about the challenge of leaving the Holocene, the consequences this has for sea level and Hampton Roads, and the paradigm shifts needed to adapt to a more dynamic and potentially moving coastal zone. After a presentation by Hans-Peter Plag, a panel with Wie Yusuf (ODU), Joshua Behr (ODU), and Skip Stiles (Wetlands Watch) engaged in a dialog with the audience. Visit the event page ...

[June 24, 2014] As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning: A NPR feature discusses the impacts of sea level rise on businesses and the navy in Norfolk. Ray Toll, MARI, contributed to the feature. Visit the feature web page to listen to the show ...

[June 21, 2014] Leaving the Holocene: A presentation at the TEDx conference on June 20, 2014 illustrated the potential consequences for sea-level rise that result from the fact that the planet is moving into the post-Holocene and discussed the paradigm shifts required to prepare for this new geological epoch. To watch the presentation go to http://tedxhamptonroads.com/; the presentation is in Session 2 and starts at about 43 minutes into the session.
Added on June 26, 2014: See the report in ODU Insight ...

[June 13, 2014] TEDx conference will be held in Norfolk: A TEDx conference on June 20, 2014 will feature 16 speakers talking about "Relevant Progress" in Hampton Roads. See the event page at http://tedxhamptonroads.com/ and read an article in DailyPress.

[June 11, 2014] Sea-Level Rise: A challenge and opportunity for Norfolk?: Two commentaries look at sea level rise from different points of view: Summarizing an article published in the Washington Post, Ted Cushman focuses on the challenge that sea level rise poses to Norfolk (read more), while Eudaimonia Amoruso has a more positive vision of a Norfolk growing more sustainable and beautiful through adaptation (read more).

[June 8, 2014] Guest Column underlines the need to include the people in the discussion about how to adopt to sea level rise: In a guest column in the Virginian Pilot, Chris Bonney made a strong plea to include the voice of the people in Hampton Roads in the discussion of how the region can adopt to sea level rise and mitigate the impacts on people and life in the region. Read the column ...

[June 5, 2014] Discussion reveals limits for insurance protection against natural disasters: A panel discussion organized by Resource for the Future on limits for securitization and the future of insurances concluded that the “twin forces of climate change, altering weather patterns around the globe, and globalization, in terms of increased migration, interconnected supply chains, and rapidly changing technologies, have raised the question as to whether disaster events are becoming increasingly uninsurable.” Read more in the documentation ...

[June 4, 2014] 2014 TechSurge took place at ODU: More than 230 civic leadership, municipal employees, planners, Navy, NOAA, industry partners and students from across the region attended the 2014 TechSurge, Technical Support for Coastal Resiliency held on June 3-4, 2014 at ODU in Norfolk, VA. The event was opened with the announcement by the President of ODU, John Broderick, that ODU established the Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute (MARI) and followed by a high-level panel discussing a Hampton Roads pilot project aiming to explore options for a “Whole Government” approach to adaptation to sea level rise and other climate change impacts in the region. The technical presentations gave insight into the observational efforts, data available and services aiming at environmental intelligence. The conference was closed by a speech given by the Administrator McCarthy of E.P.A., who commented on federal efforts in climate mitigation. Read more about the event on the event page ...


The panel discussing the Hampton Roads Pilot Project include representatives of the Navy, the US Army Corps of Engineers, State and local governments, and businesses.


The conference was concluded with a speech by E.P.A. Administrator McCarthy, who ensured the audience that the U.S. President and the federal agencies are determined to do as much as possible to limit the changes in the climate.


[June 3, 2014] 2014 TechSurge started at ODU: More than 200 stakeholders in coastal resilience are participating in the 2014 TechSurge on Technical Support for Coastal Resiliency, which is being held on June 3-4, 2014 at ODU in Norfolk, VA. The Virginian Pilot reported on the conference and the announcement of a Hampton Roads PIlot Project in an article. Read more about the event on the event page ...

[June 2, 2014] Norfolk's flooding problems made news in D.C.: An article published in the Washington Post on May 31, 2014 reports in detail on the problems sea level rise is causing in Norfolk and adjacent cities, and it quotes Larry Atkinson, Co-Director of CCLSRI, and Michelle Covi, MARI, who comment on the implications of sea level rise for the region.