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Press Release for Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Geologist Discusses Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise and Storms

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Dr. Stanley Riggs, a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at East Carolina University, will discuss “Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise and Storms: Past, Present and Future of our Coastal System” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the University Center on the UNF campus. A reception will also be held at 7 p.m. at the University Center.

Riggs has been doing research on the North Carolina coast since 1964, and his research extends from rivers, estuarine and barrier island systems to the inshore waters of the continental shelf.

He has been actively involved in numerous technical coastal resource issues at the federal, state and local levels that included appointments to many commissions, task forces, panels and committees. These appointments, as well as many of his numerous publications, have dealt directly with integrating scientific understanding with the management of coastal systems.

Riggs has been involved in such critical issues such as climate change and sea-level rise, shoreline erosion, hazard zone delineation, inlet dynamics, water quality, and habitat preservation and beach nourishment.

The lecture is part of the 2009 Elise B. Newell Seminar Series and is sponsored by Florida Sea Grant and the Coastal Biology Program at UNF. For more information about this event, contact Amy Moore, UNF Biology Department, at (904) 620-2830.