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April 19th, 2012, FAU’s Florida Center for Environment Studies’ Director, Dr. Leonard Berry, testified before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at the Full Committee on Impacts of Rising Sea Levels in Florida.
The purpose of the hearing was to receive testimony on the impacts of sea level rise on domestic energy and water infrastructure. In both oral and written testimony, Dr. Berry presented Florida as a special case particularly vulnerable to sea level rise impacts because of our low topography, limestone foundation, dense coastal population, hurricanes, and a transportation and energy infrastructure that is located in coastal areas. He also discussed research, adaptation activities, and efforts that are already underway, and outlined what Florida needed to do in order to protect and prepare its citizens.
The hearing was webcast live on the Committee's website and an archived video and each witness’ testimony is now available.