ST. PETERSBURG -
Speaker: Dr. Manuel Antonio Iturralde Vinent
Affiliation: Academic Emeritus, Cuban Academy of Sciences
Seminar Title: Climate change:the challenge for small islands,in the example of Cuba
When: Oct. 16, 2014 3:30pm EST
Where: MSL Conference Room (134)
Host: Dr. Al Hine
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Sea levels are rising - globally and in Florida. Climatologists, geologists, oceanographers, and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community expect a continuation of this trend for centuries to come due to climate change, ocean warming, and ice mass loss.
While Florida’s natural history indicates that there is nothing new about the changing elevation of the sea, what is new is its accelerating pace. Also new—and alarming—is the ever-growing, immobile human infrastructure near the coasts: high-rise condos, suburban developments, tourist meccas, and international metropolises. In a state where much of the landscape is topographically low and underlain by permeable limestone, the stakes are particularly high. Modern-day sea level rise, with potential impacts to large land areas and populations, poses unprecedented challenges for sustainability, urban planning, and political action.
This book offers an in-depth examination of the cycle of sea levels in the past and the science behind current measurements and future projections. The authors assess the most likely range of sea level rise in Florida based on a synthesis of projections for the next hundred years. They also discuss ongoing and potential consequences for natural marine and coastal systems and how we can begin to plan strategically for the inevitable changes.