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February 20, 2014

Wetlands Watch Director to Give Talk on Sea Level Rise Feb. 27

morenews1-lgSkip Stiles

Skip Stiles, executive director of the Norfolk-based environmental group Wetlands Watch, will give a talk on "Sea Level Rise, Coastal Risk and Adaptation Options" Thursday, Feb. 27, on the Old Dominion campus.

Sponsored by ODU's Filipino American Center, the talk begins at 12:20 p.m. in Perry Library Conference Rooms 1 and 2. It is free and open to the public.

Virginia is the highest-risk state for sea level rise on the Atlantic Coast, and Stiles will discuss the reasons for this and present examples of the impacts the Hampton Roads region is already feeling. He will explore some of the options for action, and also discuss the impact of sea level rise on the Philippines.

Wetlands Watch has been working for more than six years on adaptation to sea level rise throughout the tidal reaches of Virginia. Stiles, who has 22 years of experience working in senior staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, is the husband of Margaret Mulholland, an oceanographer in ODU's Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

For more information about the Feb. 27 talk, call the Filipino American Center at 683-5099.