Filtering by Tag: Future climate change

New NPS Sea Level Rise Website

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.

Forthcoming Webinar

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:

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.

New NPS Publication

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: 

Association of American Geographers Meeting 2015

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: 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!

Trip to Channel 7

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!

New Storm Surge Maps

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:

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.

List of NPS Parks to be Studied for Vulnerability to Sea Level Change and Storm Surge

I have been asked by a number of agencies to provide a list of the NPS park units my research team is currently investigating as part of our project to study the potential impact of sea level change and storm surge in our national parks. In our original press release we stated that we anticipated that we would study 105 coastal parks. After discussing this project with several regional managers at NPS we have decided to broaden our study to include a few more parks. We have agreed to study the following 110 parks that we estimate will be vulnerable to sea level rise along with a further 7 park units that nearest tide gauge data indicate are experiencing decreasing relative sea levels: