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BISO Home > USNC/IUGG Homepage > Global Sea Level Rise Symposium

Global Sea Level Rise: Observation, Causes, and Prediction
A Joint Earth Sciences U.S. National Committees Session
at the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2009 Annual Meeting

Monday, February 16, 2009
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2009 American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Annual Meeting
Chicago, Illinois

This three-hour session focused on the scientific understanding of sea level rise as a result of anthropogenic climate change. Leading scientists conveyed the latest findings and highlighted the interdisciplinary science of sea level towards the increase of public awareness of the consequences of sea level rise and its potential social and economic impacts. The speakers included Richard Alley (Penn State), Anny Cazenave (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, France), Georg Kaser (Universität Innsbruck, Austria), Sydney Levitus (NOAA), Stefan Rahmstorf (Universität Potsdam, Germany), and C.K. Shum (The Ohio State University). Discussants included John Church (CSIRO, Australia) and Robert Muir-Wood (Risk Management Solutions, Inc., United Kingdom).

This jointly co-sponsored event was co-organized by the following USNC/IUGG members:
William C. Boicourt
, Moderator (University of Maryland, Cambridge, MD)
Robin Muench
(Earth and Space Research, Seattle, WA)
C.K. Shum
, (The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH)

  • Global Sea Level Budget: Observations and Geophysical Causes
    Anny Cazenave, Center National d’Etudes Spatiales, Toulouse, France
    View 4 MB PDF
  • State of Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Ice-Sheet Modeling
    Richard Alley, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
    View 1.8 MB PDF
  • Role of Mountain Glaciers and Ice Caps in Sea Level Rise: Past, Present, and Future
    Georg Kaser, Universität Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
    View 1.6 MB PDF
  • State of the Steric Sea Level Rise, 1955-2003
    Sydney Levitus, NOAA Ocean Climate Laboratory, Silver Spring, MD
    View 1.3 MB PDF
  • Quantification of Geophysical Causes of Present-Day Sea Level Rise
    C.K. Shum, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    View 4.4 MB PDF
  • Projecting Future Sea Level Rise: Learning from the Past
    Stefan Rahmstorf, Universität Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
  • Sea-Level Variability and Rise: Understanding the Past, Implications for the Future
    Discussant: John Church, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Hobart, Australia
    View 818 KB PDF
  • Exploring the Costs of Sea Level Rise: Should We Focus on ‘Means’ or ‘Extremes’?
    Discussant: Robert Muir-Wood, Risk Management Solutions, Inc., London, United Kingdom
    View 3.9 MB PDF


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number GEO-0701397. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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