NC - UNCW’s Coastal Community Resiliency Seminar Series Examines Threat of Sea Level Rise

Renowned scholars Orrin Pilkey and Gilbert M. Gaul will lead a discussion on the threat of sea level rise for coastal North Carolina during the fourth installment of UNCW’s Coastal Community Resiliency Seminar Series. “The Coming Storm: Rising Water, Reckless Development, and the Future of the Coasts” will be held Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Marine Science Auditorium.

Pilkey is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and co-author of Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami on America’s Shores. Gaul is a former reporter for The Washington Post, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, and author of Geography of Risk.

“My primary hope is that the seminars will lead to new partnerships between UNCW and community members around topics that are critical to us all,” said Graduate School Dean Chris Finelli, one of the faculty members spearheading the project. “Coastal community resiliency is about how we respond as a community to our challenges, whether those are hurricanes, lack of affordable housing or mental health. Each of those issues are related and need to be addressed through collaborative efforts.”

The seminars provide a view of “resiliency” through different lenses, added Finelli.

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