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Congressional Briefing: Coastal Ecosystems and People

This is a past event.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 10:30am to 11:03am

2325 Rayburn House Office Building

A larger proportion of the human population now lives along coastlines that are prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes, storm surge, flooding, toxic algal blooms and sea-level rise. Understanding the natural variability associated with coastal hazards is imperative to our continued coastal existence. In addition, understanding and effectively communicating the role of coastal ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves and coastal wetlands as green-infrastructure protection is also needed. Finally, better designed built environments in coastal regions need to be envisioned and implemented. In this briefing, we will explore the complex interfaces between coastal processes and hazard and natural and built environments.

Introduction by AERC President Dr. Todd Crowl


Mr. Peter Annin
Director, Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation, Northland College

Water Level Volatility in the Great Lakes Coastal Zone

Dr. Glenn Guntenspergen
Research Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey
Coastal Wetland Response to Sea Level Rise and Their Role in Preserving Ecosystem Services for Society

Dr. Rita Teutonico
Associate Dean of Research, College of Arts, Sciences and Education, Florida International University

Coastlines and People: Developing Pathways to Sustainability in Changing Coastal Environments


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