Symposium: April 20, 2016

The University of Delaware and Franklin Institute are pleased to present “Rising Seas and Extreme Events on Vulnerable Coasts,” a symposium honoring Brian F. Atwater (UD Ph.D. ’80), recipient of the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science. The symposium will feature five invited speakers who will discuss coastal processes and associated hazards. Presentations will be followed by an open panel discussion and posters presented by selected registrants.

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Rising Seas and Extreme Events Symposium
University of Delaware, Trabant Center Multipurpose Rooms
17 West Main Street
Newark, Delaware, 19711


7:30 a.m.       Poster set up opens

8:00 a.m.      Registration, Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.      Welcome and Opening Session

Dr. Nancy Targett, Acting President, University of Delaware

Dr. John Wehmiller, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geological Sciences, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware

9:15 a.m.       Speaker Presentations

Dr. Robert Kopp, Rutgers University, Global Sea Level Change, Past and Future

Dr. Daria Nikitina, West Chester University, Sea-level change in the Delaware Estuary: long-term (~5000 year) and short-term (hurricane) records

Dr. Elizabeth Burke Watson, Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University, Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Wetlands in the U.S. Northeast

10:45 a.m.     Coffee Break

11:00 a.m.     Speaker Presentations

Dr. James Kirby, University of Delaware, Modeling tsunami impacts on the Atlantic coast of the United States

Dr. Brian F. Atwater, U.S. Geologic Survey, Early accounts of coastal warping during subduction earthquakes

12:00 p.m.     Panel Discussion, Q&A, and Closing Remarks

 Dr. John Wehmiller

 Dr. Mohsen Badiey, Acting Dean, University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and  Environment

12:30 p.m.     Poster Session and Luncheon

2:30 p.m.       Symposium Concludes



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