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This event is sponsored by Black & Veatch
Contrary to common perception, efforts to slow the rise in CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere through the reduction of emissions from human activity such as energy efficiency and renewable resources, will only reduce the amount of sea level rise. It cannot prevent it happening and will not realistically nor substantially avoid the projected rise in sea level over the next 50 years.
Based on scientific data, current estimates suggest that sea levels across the North West’s coastal frontages could rise by up to 0.4m above present day levels over the next 50 years and by up to a 1 metre by 2100s
And yet there are many developments located at or near sea level at coastal locations, and more being planned. These are being constructed without consideration of actual future sea levels and the flooding that will occur.
Sea Level Rise is therefore the key challenge facing our coastal communities in the 21st century with many residential and commercial developments located in coastal locations and consequently at increased risk of flooding as sea levels rise. As well as flooding of land and properties services to these developments, such as electricity, data and comms, heating and cooling systems, gas and even drainage will fail or become inoperable due to corrosion and flooding by sea water. Transport systems and road connections will be compromised as buildings and developments are cut off from each other.
In addition, in some places new developments are being planned without proper consideration of actual future sea levels and the future flood risk to these developments.
Refreshments will be served from 5:30pm with the presentation to start at 6.30pm.
This is a joint event with ICE Merseysidebranch, CIBSE and CIWEM.
John is President and co-founder of the International Sea Level Institute, an oceanographer and recognized global expert on rising sea level. He is author of High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis.
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