Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Living with Climate Change: Sea Level Rise - Policies to Anticipate Threats and Build Preparedness

Date and Time
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Living with Climate Change: Sea Level Rise - Policies to Anticipate Threats and Build Preparedness


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The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing on policies and practices to address sea level rise. Sea level rise is a unique challenge for coastal communities and for policymakers. How will impacts from sea level rise compound impacts from extreme storm events? What infrastructure and communities will be impacted over different time horizons? When should funding be allocated to rebuild or armor coastlines and what are alternative options? What are the strengths and limitations of nature-based solutions for coastal resilience to sea level rise?Panelists will discuss these questions and highlight policy ideas and solutions that could start to shape a more robust U.S. response to sea level rise.

This briefing is part of a series called Living with Climate Change that will run through June and focus on strategies, policies, and programs preparing communities around the country for four major climate threats: polar vortices, sea level rise, wildfires, and extreme heat.

The series will run in parallel with another briefing series, Scaling Up Innovation to Drive Down Emissions, covering hydrogen, direct air capture, offshore wind, and electric vehicle infrastructure build-out. RSVP for this other briefing series here.


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Susan Ruffo, Co-facilitator, Coastal Flood Resilience Project, Senior Advisor for Ocean and Climate, United Nations Foundation

Robin Craig, Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Lydia Olander, Director, Ecosystem Services Program, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University

A.R. Siders, Assistant Professor, Disaster Research Center, Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware