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The three-day meeting convened leading researchers, decision-makers, and other interested stakeholders to discuss the state of sea-level rise science, and how public policy and private adaptation efforts can lessen the impacts everywhere.

Discussions revolved around the following topic areas: Public Health, Infrastructure, Architecture/Redesign, Society & Economy, and Responses & Indicators.


Day 1 - Tuesday, May 3rd: The Science Linking High-Latitude Warming to Ecosystems Near & Far
3:00pm - 7:00pm

Exhibit & Poster Session Opening

Global Glacier Melt

  • Alex Gardner, PhD, NASA-Jet Propulsion Lab  PDF

Sea-Level Rise Observations

  • Gary Mitchum, PhD, University of South Florida

Arctic Ecosystem Impacts

  • Nic Kinsman, PhD, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration PDF

Florida Ecosystem Impacts

  • Steve Traxler, PhD, US Fish & Wildlife Service  PDF

Audience Q&A


Day 2 (Morning) Wednesday, May 4th: Defining Our Challenge & Motivation

Registration & Continental Breakfast  (Provided)

8:45am- 1:30pm


  • Dan Flynn, PhD, Florida Atlantic University Vice President for Research

Setting the Stage: What's at Stake & Why We Should Care

  • Colin Polsky, PhD, FAU Center for Environmental Studies & Geosciences PDF

Infrastructure: What's Happening to Our Buildings, Highways, Sewers & Water Supply

  • Florida:
    • Fred Bloetscher, PhD, Florida Atlantic University Civil Engineering PDF
  • Arctic:
    • Bill Schnabel, PhD, University of Alaska-Fairbanks Environmental Engineering  PDF

Health: New Illness Risks to Manage

  • Florida
    • Roderick King, MD, Florida Institute for Health Innovation
  • Arctic
    • Craig Stephen, PhD, University of Saskatchewan & Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative PDF


Redesign: A New Vision for Parcels, Neighborhoods & Cities

  • Setting the Stage:
    • Anthony J. Abbate, FAU Associate Provost for Broward Campuses & Professor of Architecture PDF
  • Florida:
    • Jeff Huber, Florida Atlantic University Architecture  PDF
  • Arctic:
    • Nathalie Olijslager, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami  PDF

Private Sector: Law, Finance & Insurance as Levers of Change

  • Rowan Douglas, Willis Re
  • Wayne Pathman, Pathman Lewis, LLC
  • Mitch Chester, Law Office of Mitchell Chester, P. A. 
  • Moderator: John Englander, Oceanographer, Author

LUNCH  (Provided)

Day 2 (Afternoon) Wednesday, May 4th: Moving to Action
1:45pm- 6:30pm

Parallel Solutions Salons

  • Health: Moderators - Hon. Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 8 & Roderick King, MD, Florida Institute for Health Innovation          
  • Business/Law/Finance: Moderators - Hon. Walter Duke, III, Walter Duke + Partners, Inc. & Nancy Scanlon, PhD, Florida International University
  • Architecture/Redesign: Moderators - Ricardo Alvarez,, Inc. & Jason Chandler, Florida International University


Plenary Regroup & Synthesis

  • Colin Polsky, PhD, FAU Center for Environmental Studies & Geosciences

Mitigation: recalling the long-term solution

  • Ed Strobel, Sunshine Solar Services PDF
  • Delaney Reynolds, Palmer Trinity School PDF

Closing Remarks


Day 3 Thursday, May 5th: Preparing Our Adaptation & Resilience Pathways 


8:30am- 5:00pm

Adaptation as a Generational Imperative & Leadership Opportunity

  • Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (Ret.), U.S. State Department Special Representative for the Arctic VIDEO
  • Dan Reifsnyder, PhD, U.S. State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment 

Successful Responses & Indicators

  • Florida
    • Hon. Kristin Jacobs, FL State Representative
    • Jennifer Jurado, PhD, Broward County Environmental Planning & Community Resilience Division PDF
    • Jayantha Obeysekera, PhD, South Florida Water Management District PDF
  • Arctic
    • Jacquelyn Overbeck, Alaska Department of Natural Resources  PDF


Home: Changes to Where We Live & What We Do

  • Florida
    • Hon. Jim Cason, Mayor, Coral Gables  PDF
    • Captain Dan Kipnis, Miami Beach PDF
  • Arctic
    • Steve Ivanoff, Bering Straits Villages PDF
    • Robin Bronen, JD, PhD, Alaska Institute for Justice PDF
    • Robert Corell, Global Environment and Technology Foundation & Center for Energy and Climate Solutions (US) 

LUNCH (Provided)

Parallel Solutions Salons

  • Responses & Indicators: Moderators - David Prodger, British Consul General Miami & Katherine Hagemann, Miami-Dade County Sustainability Initiatives
  • Infrastructure: Moderators - Fred Bloetscher, PhD, Florida Atlantic University & Bill Schnabel, PhD, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Plenary Regroup & Synthesis

  • Colin Polsky, PhD, FAU Center for Environmental Studies & Geosciences


Pivoting to Next Steps & CES' 4th Sea-Level Rise Summit

  • Hon. Ted Deutch, U.S. Congressman for Florida's 21st District
  • Caribbean and Latin America
    • Richard S. Olson, PhD, Florida International University Extreme Events Research PDF

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 Last Modified 4/3/23