Last Installment of Sea Level Rise Symposium Series Set for Sept. 19

Topic: Stewards of the Southern Rivers Watershed

Monday, September 17, 2018

​The last installment of the Sea Level Rise symposium series, Stewards of the Southern Rivers Watershed, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Center at the Tidewater Community College Virginia Beach Campus (1800 College Crescent).

Stacey Feken, policy and engagement manager of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP) will be the featured speaker. The APNEP is a cooperative effort currently hosted by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Their mission is to identify, protect, and restore the significant resources of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system. Feken will share information about the organization's long history of collaboration with Virginia and provide an overview of their conservation efforts in the Southern Rivers Watershed.  

Two Old Dominion University educators – Dr. Tom Allen, professor of geography, and Dr. Tal Ezer, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences – will discuss the latest science on the driving forces affecting sea level rise globally, regionally, and in the southern watersheds. Dr. Ezer will speak about climate and ocean processes and their interaction, as well as recent observations of the Gulf Stream, oceanographic models and the use of sensors to measure water level changes. 

Dr. Allen will focus his portion of the talk on the estuarine and terrestrial processes in the Southern Rivers Watershed. Drawing upon historic maps and modeling work in North Carolina, he will discuss the evolution of coastal landforms, forested wetlands and salt marshes in the area, and how communities affected by flooding and sea level rise can preserve these ecosystem services.

The four-part Sea Level Rise Summer Symposium Series was designed to educate residents about sea level rise and other environmental impacts the City is facing.

Videos of the first two symposium events, which focused on High Winds and Rising Water, and Aquatic and Terrestrial Vegetation, can be viewed at VBgov.com/BuildingASharedVision.

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