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Third DENIN Research Symposium and Delaware EPSCoR Annual Meeting

Coastal Consequences: Sea Level Rise in Delaware

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Clayton Hall, Newark, DE (directions)

Delaware was lucky and dodged the worst of Hurricane Sandy, giving us a chance to continue studying and planning for a future that will be marked by the need to adapt to rising sea levels. Join your colleagues for presentations and discussions of the scientific, engineering, and policy lessons learned from recent events and prospects for the future. The agenda below provides an outline of presentations but may still be subject to minor changes.

PowerPoint presentations of speakers are available for review as PDFs through the links below.


8:00 – 8:30  Registration and continental breakfast; all-day poster session in the lobby
8:30 – 9:00  Welcoming remarks — DENIN Director Don Sparks and Vice Provost for Research Charlie Riordan
9:00 – 9:30  Presentation about "broader impacts" criteria, grant opportunities, and other topics — NSF EPSCoR Program Director Sean Kennan (presentation pdf)
9:30 – 10:15  Presentation of Delaware Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment Report — Susan Love, DNREC Coastal Programs (presentation pdf)
10:15 – 10:30 Networking break
10:30 – 11:45 Panel discussion moderated by David Ledford, managing editor, The News Journal:  "And Now a Word from Delaware Coastal Stakeholders" with Collin O'Mara, DNREC Secretary; George H. Bunting, Jr., former Delaware legislator and State Farm agent, Rehoboth Beach; David Carter, conservation chair, Delaware Audubon; and Richard Allan, property owner, Prime Hook, Delaware
11:45 – 12:45  Keynote address — Cynthia Rosenzweig (presentation pdf)
12:45 – 1:45  Lunch and video presentation of recent EPSCoR seed grant projects
1:45– 2:45  Session I: Environmental Justice and Sea Level Rise — Tom Powers, director, Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy (presentation pdf); Kevin Adkin, recent Ph.D. graduate (presentation pdf); and Barbara Bates-Hopkins, Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University (presentation pdf)
2:45 – 3:00 Networking break
3:00 – 4:00  Session II: Lessons from Sandy and Other Recent Storms for Delaware — James Kendra, director, Disaster Research Center; Rob McCleary, DelDOT (presentation pdf); and Daniel Leathers, state climatologist and director, Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) (presentation pdf)
4:00 – 5:30 Reception and poster session

About Cynthia Rosenzweig
Photo of Cynthia RosenzweigCynthia Rosenzweig is a senior research scientist at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University. At Goddard, she leads the Climate Impacts Group, whose mission is to investigate the interactions of climate (both variability and change) on systems and sectors important to human well-being.

She was the lead scientist on the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Climate Change Task Force, which has advised the mayor about possible impacts from climate change and actions that may be needed to adapt. She also co-led the Metropolitan East Coast Regional Assessment of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. For the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, she was a coordinating lead author on the Assessment of Observed Changes and Responses in Natural and Managed Systems.

Dr. Rosenzweig received her Ph.D. in plant, soil, and environmental sciences from the University of Massachusetts in 1991. She earned an M.S. in soils and crops from Rutgers University and a B.A. in agricultural sciences from Cook College. She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.