Risk and Response: Sea Level Rise Summit

Event Date: 
June 20, 2012 to June 22, 2012

The Future of Florida and the Coast

Coordinated by the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University

What are Florida agencies doing to help us prepare? What can you do?

Hear from Local, State, National, & International experts at the Risk and Response: Sea Level Rise Summit.

The purpose of this summit is three-fold: Highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, limestone geology, and water management in Florida; share the ongoing responses and adaptation planning of agencies, institutions, and civic society to sea level rise; and compare the Florida situation and response with other vulnerable localities in the US and worldwide. This summit will focus on the complex sea level rise issues in Florida and provide examples from other coastal regions within the US and internationally.

Registration includes additional Pre-Summit events!!!

Wednesday June 20th

  • Poster and paper presentation session will take place between 1:30 and 3:00 pm.

  • A Pre-Summit panel will be held from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. This session will focus on the issues surrounding effective climate change related communication. An experienced panel of media representatives, scientists, authors, and climate change communication experts will tackle this timely and important topic.

There will be a networking reception following the two sessions.

Wednesday evening there will be a special screening of the award winning movie There Once was an Island by filmmaker Briar March. See the trailer at http://www.thereoncewasanisland.com/

A Summit Steering Committee member, Ben Strauss, released an important report, Surging Seas, which received extensive national press coverage. More info at http://sealevel.climatecentral.org/

June 21 - 22


  • Sea Level Rise and Florida: A Complex and Unique Relationship

  • Managing Risk: Organizing for an Uncertain Future 


  • Economic Implications: From Insurance to Tourism

  • Impacts on Built Environments: Urban Planning

  • Impacts on Built Environments: Water Utilities and Transportation

  • Collaboration: Organizational Structures

  • Public Engagement: Communication, Outreach, and Education 


Event Details
Contact Name: 
Mary Beth Hartman
Contact Email: 
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton Marriott

Boca Raton, FL
Phone Number: 
(561) 799-8553
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