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Spring 2018

Archive: Aquatic Academy

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Redrawing the Map of the World’s Coastlines

Sea level is rising and will continue to rise for decades, and probably much longer. The rate of rise is accelerating as the ocean warms and expands and as mountain glaciers, and particularly Greenland and Antarctica melt more rapidly than projected. The map of the world’s coastlines will be redrawn well before the end of this century. Big chunks of some nations and U.S. states will be swallowed up by the sea. Low-lying islands will be drowned and hundreds of thousands of residents will have to find new homes. California will not be immune.

Join experts in exploring how rapidly and how much sea level might rise, the amount and causes of the uncertainty, and how sea level rise will affect the world’s and California’s coasts and cities, the infrastructure we have built, as well as nature’s infrastructure, and what we can do to adapt.


March 7, 2018:
Sea Level Rise Globally and Regionally

  • Dr. Reinhard Flick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography “California’s Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise”
  • Dr. Daniel Cayan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

March 14, 2018:
Coasts of the World and of California most vulnerable to sea level rise

  • Dr. Laurel Harrison Breece, Long Beach City College
  • Dr. Gary Griggs, UC Santa Cruz

March 21, 2018:
Hard and Soft Solutions: Deciding on Which are Most Appropriate—Where and When

  • Dr. Steve Crooks, Silvestrum Climate Associates, LLC
  • Sarah Newkirk, JD, The Nature Conservancy

March 28, 2018:
The Societal Response

  • Dr. Michael Orbach, Duke University
  • Deborah Halberstadt, JD, California’s Ocean Protection Council
Surface of the Big Blue Ocean
Archived Event Information
When Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018 | 7:00 PM–9:30 PM Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 | 7:00 PM–9:30 PM Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 | 7:00 PM–9:30 PM Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018 | 7:00 PM–9:30 PM
Cost $40 for adults, $35 for members
$10 extra for CEU credit in conjunction with CSULB
(562) 590-3100 For additional information or to be added to a wait-list, email: Adina Metz, ametz@lbaop.org
Location Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. We will validate parking for course participants.
Links View past lecture videos