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Under Water: Coastal Fragility and Our Rising Seas
October 26, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
By 2100, sea levels are predicted to rise by at least two feet, and possibly much more, threatening coastal communities around the globe. Join us online for a for a conversation with Maureen Raymo and George Deodatis about what we know about melting glaciers, rising oceans, and how we can protect our coastlines.
George Deodatis is Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. His research focuses on probabilistic methods in civil engineering and engineering mechanics and includes contributions to simulation of stochastic processes and fields to model uncertain earthquake/wind loads and material/soil properties, reliability and safety of structures, and risk assessment and risk management of civil infrastructure systems under the combined effect of hurricanes and climate change. George received a diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Columbia University. He is currently serving as President of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE. He has received several awards for his research including the NSF Young Investigator Award and the ASCE Huber Prize. Regarding teaching, he is the recipient of Columbia’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching and of the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates.
Maureen Raymo is the Interim Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences. Her research focuses on the history and causes of climate change in the past including understanding the consequences of climate change for sea level and ice sheet stability. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, The Geological Society of London, and The Explorer’s Club, and in 2014 she became the first woman to be awarded the Wollaston Medal, the Geological Society of London’s most senior medal previously awarded to Charles Darwin and Charles Lyell.
The Earth Institute at Columbia University is the world leader in interdisciplinary climate and sustainability research, policy and teaching. Under the directorship of pioneering geochemist Alex Halliday, PhD the Earth Institute brings together a community of earth and environmental scientists, economists, lawyers, public health specialists and business and policy experts to seek solutions to the planet’s most pressing challenges.