Oceanographer and consultant John Englander is a leading expert on sea level rise and its societal and financial impacts.  He assists businesses and communities in understanding the risks as rising seas challenge us to adapt to a changing shoreline.  His book, High Tide on Main Street, clearly explains what this coming coastal crisis means to you. 

 

High Tide On Main Street featured on SEAWEB

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SEAPORTS Magazine feature about Rising Sea Level and Superstorms

SEAPORTS Magazine has a feature article by Dr. Austin Becker and me, "Superstorms and Rising Sea Level Present a New Challenge for Ports" in the Summer 2014 issue. Austin Becker teaches as the University of Rhode Island. His PhD thesis from Stanford was about Ports and vulnerability to climate change. 

Ports have a special need to look ahead, assess their risks and begin adapting to climate change. With truly massive fixed infrastructure, large port facilities worldwide are starting to pay particular attention to the new outlook that sea level rise has only just started. With a useful life of a half century or longer for their assets, it is very relevant to start planning ahead for the new reality.

The issue  of SEAPORTS may be viewed online at http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/AAPQ/AAPQ0214/index.php  A download is also available on this page.

Reinforcing the rapidly growing awareness in the maritime sector, I was recently was the keynote speaker at the annual Decison Makers Conference, for the Bay Planning Coalition, held in Oakland on May 16. The audience of more than three hundred reprsenting ports, energy companies, utilities, and engineering firms was so interested following my half hour keynote, that they arranged a 3 hour Seminar for the following month, which was hosted by the Port of San Francisco. 

All of this interest underscores that the working waterfront may be one of the first sectors to grasp the profound change that is now headed for coastal areas worldwide. Ports have a special challenge in that they have to be located right at sea level, accessible to today's massive ships. In the event of storms, tsunamis and other natural disasters their ability to operate becomes more critical than ever in terms of disaster response and reconstruction. If ports are knocked out of operation, relief supplies, and commercial supply lines will have to find alternate routes. Once companies find alternate supply lines, they may not return. All of this explains why the maritime industry is starting to pay particular attention to the risk of ever rising sea level, which will add to the impact of "superstorms."

 

Great Cartoon: "The Age of the Penguin Begins Now" by Drew Sheneman

Some of you may have seen a scan of this on my Facebook page. I just found the original by Drew Sheneman and love it.

As I noted on FB, it reminds me of the great Oscar Wilde quote: "If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, or they will kill you."  

This is worth sharing.  

Humor helps. 

Green and Sustainable Will Not Stop Rising Sea Level

Most of us today strive to be more "green" and sustainable. Efforts range from reducing our energy use and our "carbon footprint", to advancing the use of renewable energy and recycled materials. Good as these efforts are, they often distract us from recognizing the brutal reality, what I call the "coming coastal crisis."

My TEDx talk: Sea Level Rise: Fact and Fiction

My first TEDx talk is now online. I have been nervous to watch it, ever since the event May 9th, but am now relieved and proud. In just 11 minutes I was able to tell the main story, with very few graphics, in a relatively entertaining manner. Please help me get this to a wider audience. If enough people "LIKE" it, I may get selected to present at the big national or international TED talk reaching an even larger influential audience.

New Short Video: Problem in Antarctica affecting major sea level rise

You may have seen reference in the mainstream media to several scientific papers last month that concluded that massive ice melting and sea level rise is now unstoppable -- though there is still great uncertainty as to just how quickly it will happen.

Peter Sinclair does a great job explaining many aspects of climate change with short video documentaries. This week he has assembled a 5 minute documentary illustrating the problems with the instability in the Antarctic Ice Sheet. 

In Sinclair's piece you will see references to what happened 14,000 years ago when sea level rose 65 feet (20 meters) in four centuries, as well as reference to possible catastrophic rise in the next 200 years, or sooner if the rate of warming keeps accelerating.

Note that the way the scientists state the case is still not about the worst case. As I have explained, their methodolgy and discipline generally causes them to omit anything they cannot quantify with high confidence -- perfectly understandable. That is why the warming, the melting of the Arctic sea ice, and sea level rise generally keep exceeding most of the projections. There are "tipping points" that we still cannot quantify. 

I encourage you to watch Peter Sinclair's 5 minute video. It is part of a new program, "Yale Climate Connections." Please share.

Btw, For those familiar with my book High Tide On Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis, you can find a some more information, particularly starting on page 58. (See www.johnenglander.net/book ) All of the people he interviews on camera are quoted and cited in the book. 

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