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FAU to Host Second Annual Sea Level Rise Summit

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (September 25, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Environmental Studies within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will host the second annual “Sea Level Rise Summit: Resilience in the Face of Change,” on Wednesday, Oct. 16 and Thursday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale Conference Center, 301 East Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 

Focusing on the impacts on the national economy, health and built environment, the summit will address the issues that professionals, local governments and communities face in adapting to sea level rise, storm surge and other climate change related impacts. Local, national and international experts will demonstrate best practices and state-of-the-art research focusing on community planning.    

"The problems we are facing in Florida will impact almost all facets of life, including how we maintain our beaches; how we insure and protect our homes and communities and the transportation links between them; how we revitalize our economy; and how we create a sustainable environment,” said Leonard Berry, Ph.D., director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at FAU. “The time for preparation and planning is now.”

In addition to the summit, organizers have planned events that are free and open to the public, including two screenings of the film “Shored Up” and the Sea Level Rise & Storm Surge Adaptation Clinic. “Shored Up” is a documentary that addresses climate change controversy, as evidenced by the misalignment of politics, economics and science following Super Storm Sandy.  The screenings will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, One East Las Olas Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale, and on Friday, Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale Velocity Center, 301 East Broward Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale.

The Sea Level Rise & Storm Surge Adaptation Clinic, a hands-on demonstration of various software programs that can be used by municipalities and organizations to plan for sea level rise and storm surge, will take place on Friday Oct. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Due to limited seating, RSVP’s are required in advance for both of these free events at

The Sea Level Rise Summit is supported in part by FAU, the U.S. Geological Survey; Florida Sea Grant; Florida Center for Environmental Studies; Coastal Planning and Engineering, Inc.; Renaissance Reinsurance; South Florida Regional Planning Council; World Resources Institute; Union of Concerned Scientists; Florida Climate Institute; Queensland University of Technology; and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

The cost of registration is $200 in advance and $250 at the door. The general public, government agencies, decision makers, businesses, professionals, researchers, risk management offices and other interested parties are encouraged to pre-register

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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