UNC CSI To Host Lecture On Sea Level Rise

Posted By on April 13, 2016

The UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) is hosting a lecture on sea level rise as part of its  “Science on the Sound” lecture series.  This series, held monthly, highlights research on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina. 

This month, the series will feature Dr. Andy Keeler, Program Head of the Public Policy and Coastal Sustainability program at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute.  The program, entitled “Responding to Sea Level Rise: Markets, Choices, and Public Policy”, will be held at 6:00pm on April 21 at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute located at 850 NC 345 in Wanchese, NC.  The presentation is free and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Sea level rise (SLR) and other consequences of climatic change will have profound effects of coastal communities — but the timing and nature of those effects are still characterized by significant uncertainty.  People who live at the coast will adapt to these changes in different ways, and their choices will be framed by many different factors.  

This talk will look at the interrelated role of three key determinants of how the coast responds — individual attitudes and choices, markets (especially for real estate), and government decisions.  Its objective is to clarify the determinants and consequences of what gets done, and to emphasize the importance of time and also of the critical role of storms in how people decide to reduce risk, live with risk, or move away.

Andy Keeler has been at UNC CSI since August 2010. Prior to that he was a professor of public policy at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University. Keeler served as the Senior Staff Economist for Environment at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (2000 – 2001) where he was a member of the US negotiating team for climate change and a diplomatic representative to OECD meetings on coordinating national sustainability policies.

He served on the White House climate change policy teams under both President Clinton and President Bush. Keeler has also worked as a senior economist at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Innovative Strategies and Economics Group (1999-2000) and for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (1982-1985). He has served in advisory capacities to legislative and executive agencies in Georgia, Florida, and Ohio as well as at the national level. 

This program will be streamed live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/unc-coastal-studies-institute.

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