Learn about the effects of changing water levels on Chicago and the globe 1/14/13

Social and Biological Impacts of Rising Seas and Reduced Lake Levels

An evening at the Shedd Aquarium with some of the world’s experts on the effect of changing water levels on Chicago and the globe.

Global warming is causing sea levels to rise even faster than previously predicted. At the same time, levels of Lake Michigan are reaching record lows due to increased evaporation related to warmer temperatures, drought, and human water consumption.  These changes call for mitigation and adaptation to ensure the sustainability of coastal settlements and ecosystems.

Join us for an informative evening with some of the world’s experts on these topics to understand how changing water levels will affect Chicago and the globe.

WHEN: Monday, January 14, 2013 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

COST: This program is free and open to the public.

WHEREShedd Aquarium – Auditorium, 1200 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL, 60605

Bus transport will be available from Pick Hall (5828 S. University Ave) to the Shedd Aquarium at 5:15pm.  Return transport will leave the Shedd following the program at 8:00pm.

Parking is available in the East Museum Lot at a fixed rate of $22 for this event. The lot is located on the east side of the Field Museum, on the corner of McFetridge Drive and Museum Campus Drive.

Cosponsored by the Center for International Studies, the Program on the Global Environment, and the Shedd Aquarium.

Shedd Aquarium Center for International Studies Program on the Global Environment

Rising seas and surging storms:Analysis of a present and growing threat to America’s coasts
Ben Strauss, COO and Director of the Program on Sea Level Rise, Climate Central
Warming-driven sea level rise,measured in inches, has already doubled the chance of extreme coastal floodingat sites around the U.S. Accelerating rise, soon to be measured in feet, willamplify risks much further, and quickly in places. This talk will share thelatest global and local projections, and give a tour of what they could meanall around the nation.

Of Storms and Surges: Sea Level Rise and Population: Displacement and Resettlement
Anthony Oliver-Smith, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida
The talk will explore the potentialfor significant population displacement resulting from sea level rise driven byglobal climate change. However, the issues associated with specific conditionsof local vulnerability make precise predictions challenging. Moreover,population resettlement brings with it significant risks of its own andpresents problematic scenarios of reducing exposure, but increasing impoverishment and vulnerability.

Great Lakes Lows: causes, impacts, and future projections for lake levels
Phil Willink, Senior Research Biologist, Shedd Aquarium
The people and wildlife of the Great Lakes region are bound inextricably by our dependence on the area’s aquatic ecosystems. In 2012, Lake Michigan approached near-historic low levels. What causes lake level fluctuations, and what biological and economic impacts might we anticipate in the future?

Introduction by Tara Massad, Henry Chandler Cowles Lecturer, Environmental Studies Program, University of Chicago

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