2007-07-12 / News

Sea level topic of talk tonight

Recent predictions about global climate change and sea level rise are alarming. But what do they mean for coastal Rhode Island? Scientists predict that we can expect a one-meter rise in sea level in our grandchildren's lifetime. If the prediction holds true, the impacts could be dramatic, including loss of beaches and buildings from increased coastal erosion and the heightened threat of storm damage to properties once thought safe from harm's way.

"Living on the coast, you know that things will change, but how much change can we expect? And what does a one-meter rise in sea level really mean to someone living on the Rhode Island coast?" asks Janet Freedman, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council coastal geologist. Freedman will talk about these changes in her lecture, "Will Your Home Be There for Your Grandchildren?" on Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Road (on the north side of Route 1), Charlestown.

Freedman will offer a candid look at how climate change and resulting sea level rise is having a lasting impact on several Rhode Island south shore coastal communities -- from loss of beaches and property to wetlands loss and ecosystem change.

Freedman's lecture is the second presentation in the annual summer community lecture series sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant and URI Cooperative Extension/ Nutrition and Food Sciences Department. This year's theme addresses "Living With a Changing Marine Environment."

The lecture is free, but seating is limited, so reservations are required. For reservations, directions, more information, or to find out what events are upcoming, call the Sea Grant Communications Office at 874-6842, or visit the website at: seagrant.gso.uri.edu.

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