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Sea Level Rise 101: How to Select and Use Sea Level Rise Data for Planning and Policy Decisions
Friday, November 01, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST
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Sea Level Rise 101: How to Select and Use Sea Level Rise Data for Planning and Policy Decisions

This is the first in a series of webinars on sea level change. This session focuses on different choices for practitioners trying to use the best available sea-level change science for adaptation planning needs. Our panel will discuss the components of changing sea-levels, and identify areas where scientists are working to reduce uncertainty around major contributing factors like melting ice-sheets. Then, we will walk through some questions that users need to think about when planning for future inundation and using sea level projections:
1. What if the nearest tide gauge is 75 miles up the coast. Will sea-level change in my community be similar?
2. When we say we want to plan for the future, how far into the future should we look?
3. Do our assumptions about future emissions matter?
4. What exactly does “likely” sea-level change mean? Do we know the “worst-case”? How do we think about probabilities and scenarios in the context of sea level change?
5. How will sea-level change impact flooding in our community?
6. Do I have the right tool for the job?
The panel will use examples from Washington, New Jersey, and elsewhere to illustrate different ways communities are answering the questions above, along with others that come up during our discussion. Webinar participants will leave with tools and examples for using the best available sea-level change science to suit a variety of exposure mapping and adaptation planning approaches.
This webcast is hosted by APA's HMDR Division.