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Virtual Speaker: Andrea Dutton
Reimagining coastal landscapes in an era of sea-level rise

While many people have personal connections to the coast, even those who don’t will be impacted by disruption to transportation systems and housing markets as sea level rises. Ongoing sea-level rise is contributing to more frequent extreme coastal flooding events, causing shifts in housing markets and investments, and presenting new challenges for public health. Though different communities are experimenting with a range of solutions, ranging from sea walls or natural barriers to buy-out programs promoting coastal retreat, communities with the least resources are being hit the hardest. I will summarize how knowledge of past and present sea-level rise informs our knowledge of the future, and how this in turn can empower us to take action.


Andrea Dutton is a world-renowned expert on past climate and sea-level change. Her main research focus is to establish the behavior of sea level and polar ice sheets during past warm periods to better inform us about future sea-level rise.

She is very active in communicating her research to the public and has been extensively quoted and featured in popular media. Andrea’s combined impact within academia and in the sphere of public outreach has earned her numerous accolades, including being named as a fellow of the Geologic Society of America, as one of Rolling Stones’ “25 People Shaping the Future”, and most recently, as a MacArthur Fellow.

Jul 22, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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