IPCC Projections & Sea Level Rise

Want to know more about the IPCC projections & planning for sea level rise

This event will present key statements on the sea-level rise from the Working Group I and II IPCC reports, including adaptation challenges. The authors of the report will present the latest projections, where to find the data and how to interpret it, and how practitioners can understand low-likelihood/high-impact sea-level rise projections and their use in adaptation. The event will conclude with the presentation of the joint policy brief from European Projects PROTECT, CoCliCo and SCORE, “When will a 2-metre rise in sea level occur, and how might we adapt?”

This event will be particularly useful for people working in coastal adaptation, integrated coastal zone management or at the interface between science and society, from journalists to science communicators.

PROTECT webinar: Monday 30 January – 3-5 pm CET

Speakers: Bob Kopp from Rutgers UniversityMarjolijn Haasnoot from Deltares and Utrecht UniversityKarina VON SCHUCKMANN from Mercator Ocean InternationalGonéri Le Cozannet from BRGMRoshanka Ranasinghe from Deltares, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and University of Twente, Gaël Durand, Robert Nicholls from University of East AngliaA K M Saiful Islam from Drexel University,and Elham Ali from Suez University(TBC).

This event is free by registering in advance:

If you know someone working on sea level rise and coastal risk, tag them in the comments! It’s likely this event will be of interest to them. 

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The policy brief: 

IPCC WG2 Climate Report

The IPCC WG2 Climate Report published today is the most precise and up to date global assessment of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change available at this time.  270 authors from 67 countries contributed to this assessment. 

Sea level rise represents a major threat for coastal communities, infrastructure and ecosystems during the 21st century and beyond. Thus, adaptation to sea level rise is one of the challenges addressed in this report. 

The sea-level projections delivered in July 2021 by WG1 are a major step forward. These projections are extended from 2100 to 2150 and they provide a quantitative estimate of a low-likelihood / high impact sea-level rise involving large ice mass losses in Antarctica and Greenland. Our sister project Protect Slr contributed to this assessment through new projections of ice mass losses.

Authoritative climate services will be needed to support adaptation: CoCliCo Services aims at developing a core service for coastal adaptation to sea level rise in Europe, in close cooperation with Copernicus Marine Service.

Adaptation alone will not be sufficient: urgent mitigation of climate change is needed to reduce sea level rise rates and give more time for adaptation planning and implementation, as well as to coastal ecosystems to migrate landward.