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Monday Noon Seminar - An update on how cities and states are preparing for sea level rise

Monday, February 23, 2015, 12:00PM - 1:00PM


Rob Motta


ARC room 620

How are cities and states responding to the sea level rise predictions by INSTAAR and other scientists?  What are their options?  What are the roadblocks?   What tools are they using to analyze the risks?

This overview will provide an update on last year's talk on how cities and states are responding to sea level rise, particularly Miami and New York.  Subjects covered will include not only what the cities and states are planning to do, including the recent bold “Big U” project in Manhattan, but other issues we might not think of when we talk about response planning:

  • The politics of climate change and how it is impacting planning.
  • Insurance issues and how they are making matters worse.
  • Recent changes in the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • Legal issues related to sea level rise.


Rob has been a volunteer at INSTAAR since February 2013. He has worked in various positions at Chrysler Corporation, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and most recently Woodward in Loveland, Colorado. His experience includes research and development of alternative fuel engines and vehicles, product marketing, project management, risk analysis, and training.


Free and open to the public.