I'm pleased to announce the creation of a new National Park Service website that addresses the impacts of sea level change. The website is a little bare bones at the moment as the final report for my project is still going through review, but watch this space in the coming months for links to the report and our online sea level and storm viewer.
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Hi everyone, I just wanted to leave a quick note with a link to my forthcoming webinar presentation on sea level rise and storm surge in the National Park System. The webinar is on Thursday October 13 at 2 pm EST/11 am PST. You will need to register in advance to watch it: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6617408905987954179
I'll be using this opportunity to preview the sea level and storm surge report that is going through review right now, so check it out if you would like a sneak peek of what will be released in 2017.
Just a quick update on the latest product to come out of the sea level and storm surge project. I'm working pretty intensely on the final report for my sea level and storm surge project. The GIS data are currently undergoing review by the NPS before we can release it to the public.
Our original funding asked that we help produce three waysides that address the issue of sea level rise and/or storms caused by climate change. I'm happy to announce that the park service has awarded me some more funds to extend this project and produce some more communication products. This is the fourth wayside that we have produced for the National Park Service. We worked very closely with the wonderful staff at Fire Island National Seashore on this design. Keep your eyes pealed for it if you visit the park this summer!
I thought it would be fun to share a new sea level wayside that was installed at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. This wayside was funded using money from my sea level and storm surge project. I'd like to thank the interpretation staff at the park for all their hard work coming up with a design for this. It really was great working with Aleutia Scott and her staff to come up with a design to help convey how important changes in land level are when trying to calculate vulnerability to sea level rise. This is just one wayside along with three others that will be installed in National Parks to help communicate how climate change will impact the coastal zone. Keep your eyes pealed for more waysides popping up in Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi and Florida and Fire Island National Seashore in New York.
I had the great pleasure of presenting my latest research at the American Association of Geographers meeting this year in San Francisco. I had a lot of great questions and there seems to be a lot of interest in the academic community regarding this pressing issue.
I was elected a director for the Biogeography Specialty group, co-organized some special sessions honoring retiring Berkeley Professor Roger Byrne, and still found time to also co-author on a couple of papers concerning climates of the past. I'd like to thank my everyone at the Biogeography and Paleoenvironmental Change specialty groups for their support as well as my co-authors Jim Doerner, Kevin Gilmore, and Ian Slayton for including me on their papers. If you have any data needs and/or potential collaboration questions I'm always available via email to discuss any ideas.
Finally, I was lucky enough to spend some time with a good colleague, Patrick Gonzalez, from the NPS who arranged for us to hang out alittle at Point Reyes National Seashore. It really was a wonderful day spent looking at elephant seals and whale watching as well as taking an opportunity to discuss NPS best practices and ways to plan for climate change in these incredibly special places.
The National Park Service has decided to release a publication co-authored by me (along with Courtney Schupp and Rebecca Beavers) outlining the present as well as potential impact of climate change in the coastal zone. This is especially timely given the current COP21 meeting. The report can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/coastaladaptationstrategies.htm
Hi folks, it's been a while since I've updated my blog. I have a few pieces of news. While teaching is currently keeping me very busy at the moment, I'm also proud to announce that I have two research articles out this month. The first article I've already mentioned in my blog before, but now Association of American Geographers members are all probably getting copies of my charcoal article in the mail.
I also have an article regarding my Caribbean research coming out today in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Both of my articles are about past changes in climate in the Caribbean region. This is an area that I am hoping to do more work on in the near future. I'm also always happy to hear from other researchers working in the region (so feel free to send me an email or tweet using the contact information in the top right corner of this site).
Finally, my future climate change research was mentioned recently in a guest article/blog post by my good colleague Dr. Rebecca Beavers for the Preservation Leadership Forum Blog. I encourage everyone to check it out, particularly those of you who are interested in how the National Park Service is preparing for climate change in the coastal zone. It's my hope that by studying how the coastal zone has changed in the past we can bridge the gaps in our knowledge to determine how the coastline will respond to climate change in the future.
I was recently interviewed for an article published by GOOD Magazine looking at the impact of climate change on National Parks. I've included a link to the article below.
Many thanks to Shelby Kinney-Lang for taking the time to talk to me and for getting the word out about this important issue.
I know it's only November, but I'm looking ahead to the Association of American Geographers 2015 Meeting which will be held in Chicago, IL. As secretary of the paleoenvironmental change (PEC) specialty group, I've been in contact with a number of people regarding group events that will be held during the meeting. Most of my emails have been sent out via the AAG messaging system. However, it has come to my attention that some people might not be getting the emails if they have let their membership lapse or are not subscribed to the PEC group listing. If you are looking for more information about paleo- related events and sessions please check out the PEC website for copies of my announcements: www.aagpec.com. The website also has a section containing the past issues of the PEC newsletter, so you can catch up on the latest goings on in the group.
The deadline for sessions has been extended to November 20th, 2014. I will post information about the student competitions once the abstract submissions deadline has passed. I will be around in most of the paleo sessions as well as presenting on my latest future sea level rise calculations. I hope to see you there. See you in Chicago!
Over the past year my sea level rise and storm surge project with the National Park Service has been featured in a lot of media outlets. Here is the latest issue of National Parks Magazine that has an interview with me and explains a little more about my research.
Many thanks to Kate Siber for her work on the piece.
When I first created this website I decided that I would use it to focus on my research, so I don't usually post much about my teaching. But I just wanted to share what a great experience my meteorology class and I had at channel 7 yesterday. I always try to incorporate field trips into my classes so that the students can put what I teach into a real-world context. Channel 7 was nice enough to give my students a tour of their studio so they could see what goes into a weather broadcast. Mike Nelson and Kirsten Horne were nice enough to talk to the class about their work and how climate change is changing Colorado weather. The students were really blown away by their visit. THANKS CHANNEL 7!
Well it has been a super busy couple of months. I have been traveling across the country to various academic meetings and a couple different university colloquia to discuss my NPS sea level and storm surge project. So far I've got a lot of very positive feedback about this project and I know that a lot of people can't wait to see our results.
Eventually we will release a report on our findings. In the meantime I'm pleased to announce that we are today making available a large number of storm surge maps. My team have been working on mapping the impacts of storms surge on 117 coastal park units (see my March 6, 2014 post for further details). You can find the maps here: www.mariacaffrey.com/storms
We will be continually updating the storm mapping site with more maps as they become available. I'd like to emphasize that these maps are still very much in the "draft" phase and that use of these images must be done with my direct permission.
Hi folks, here is the latest information about my new research project with the National Park Service. This is a project that will run for the next three years and will look at how sea level rise and storm surge will impact approximately 105 coastal park units. The aim of this is to provide the National Park Service with various SLR and storm surge scenarios so that they can incorporate it into their planning and management documents. For further information check out the briefing statement I have included here.