Rising sea level: The crisis on our doorstep

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 11 February

The Theatre

This event has already taken place

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Price

Standard £16

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Concession £10

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Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Rising sea level will permanently alter coastlines and thus is perhaps the most profound long-term aspect of climate change affecting coastal communities everywhere, as well as the global economy. The phenomenon is often overshadowed by short-term flood events, though it will elevate those too. In this talk, oceanographer and author John Englander will highlight some surprising scientific aspects of sea level rise, including the latest projections for the coming decades, eventually many meters above present. Drawing upon his expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica he will explain why sea level rise can no longer be stopped and why it is urgent that we commence intelligent adaptation as a high priority.

About the speaker

John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and leading expert on sea level rise. His broad marine science background coupled with explorations to Greenland and Antarctica allows him to see the big picture of sea level rise and its revolutionary impacts.

John is Founder and President of the International Sea Level Institute, a new non-profit organization focused on explaining the latest science about long-term rising sea level. The institute’s focus is on adaptation to higher ocean levels, but also addresses the connection with various efforts at “sustainability” to slow the warming that may slow the rate of ocean rise. The institute will teach professionals in engineering, architecture, finance, law and planning to prepare for the challenging era ahead including explaining the financial risks of increased flooding advocating for “intelligent adaptation.”

The event will be chaired by the Director of the Royal Institution, Shaun Fitzgerald.

Timing

The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of John's book, 'High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis', will be available for purchase and signing after the event. 

Filming

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Accessibility

The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop.  

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