Getting our heads out of the sand: The facts about sea level rise and the future of the North Carolina coastline
Featuring Dr. Robert S. Young, Professor of Geology and Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University
If current luck holds, North Carolina may well escape the 2013 hurricane season without the widespread damage that has so frequently plagued the fragile coastal region in recent years. Unfortunately, this brief respite is almost certainly only that — a temporary breather.
Experts assure us that the impacts of climate change (including rising oceans and frequent, damaging storms) are sure to remake the coast in myriad ways over the decades to come and will, quite likely, permanently submerge large tracts of real estate.
So, what does our best science predict? And what can and should we do — especially in a state in which policymakers have actually passed a law denying that sea level rise is even occurring?
Come explore the answers to these and related questions with our special guest, Dr. Robert Young of Western Carolina University. Rob is a Professor of Geology, an accomplished author and a nationally recognized expert on the future of our developed shorelines. Recent natural disasters like the BP gulf oil spill and Hurricane Sandy have also made him a sought-after media figure and commentator who has appeared on CNN, NPR and several other media outlets.
Don’t miss this important opportunity to hear from this genuine expert on this badly-misunderstood subject.
When: Wednesday, November 20, at 12:00 p.m. — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.
Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)
Space is limited – pre-registration required.
Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or firstname.lastname@example.org