U.S. Rep. John Carney visited the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes to talk about the University’s ongoing coastal resiliency research and outreach in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and administered programs as part of a weeklong climate change tour of Delaware.
Jim Falk and Ed Lewandowski of Delaware Sea Grant presented aspects of coastal resilience as it relates to community economies, highlighting work to assist communities prepare for climate change while maintaining environmental, cultural and economic stability.
Kevin Brinson, Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS), and John Callahan, Delaware Geological Survey (DGS), reviewed general sea-level rise projections for Delaware and data from flooding events. They demonstrated tools like the Coastal Flood Monitoring System and DEOS, which integrate real time data with mapping technology to help visualize weather events and flooding.
Matt Oliver and Mark Moline of CEOE’s School of Marine Science and Policy provided a global perspective on the immediate impacts of climate change.
Commenting on UD’s research program, Carney said, “I’m very impressed to see the work they’re doing here so we can better understand how to protect Delaware’s coasts. There’s no doubt with the impending effects of climate change, coastal resiliency will play a major part in Delaware’s efforts to protect our communities.”
Coverage of Carney’s Climate Change Week is available on his website.
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