Sea level rise forum

Date & time

5.30–7.30pm 24 July 2012

Location

Finkel Lecture Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131, Garran Road, ANU Acton Campus

Speakers

Edouard Bard, The Collège de France

Contacts

 Robyn Petch
 +61 2 6125 9970

Global warming, sea level rise and ocean acidification are three prominent issues associated, directly or indirectly, with the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide. To date most of the discussion has focused on temperature increases since the 1880s – the so called hockey stick trend. This seminar will focus on sea level rise associated with planetary warming. We will start by providing a historical perspective on how atmospheric carbon dioxide and sea level have varied during the past. We will then present the case for modern sea level rise associated with global warming, and finally associated with radiative forcing greenhouse gases. The presentations will cover the following topics: Rapid and large sea level changes during deglaciations (Edouard Bard) Climate and sea level over the last half million years: can the past inform us about the future? (Eelco Rohling) Observational evidence of present-day sea level change (Paul Tregoning) This forum is essential for anyone interested in the scientific facts behind sea level rise and the impact it will have on our world. Be sure to register to this free public event now!

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