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Sea level change author's talk

By SPP Reporter

Prof Alastair Dawson talks climate-induced sea level change.
Prof Alastair Dawson talks climate-induced sea level change.

THE story of climate-induced sea level change - explained in new book Introducing Sea Level Change published this week - is brought to life at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society talk in Inverness on Monday, January 14.

Alastair Dawson, honorary professor of physical geography, will be talking about the most dramatic changes in human experience regarding sea levels since the end of the last ice age.

Sea levels are rising. And with climate change, they are set to rise higher in the years to come.

With millions of people around the world living at the coast there is real concern that a future rise in sea level will cause chaos to coastal towns and cities.

But as the professor will be explaining, the world has experienced many significant changes in sea level in the geological past. And the story he has to tell will take us from from the depths of the world’s oceans to the extremes of Antarctica and Greenland.

Along the way, Alastair will address some of the biggest misconceptions in sea level change research.

He will also discuss key issues such as ice melt and vertical land movements, and explain what the future is likely to have in store for us. That will include the reasons why Scotland is in a much better position than England to cope with the challenges owing to a phenomenon called glacio-isostatic rebound.

Commenting on the upcoming talk, Mike Robinson, chief executive of the RSGS said: “Climate-induced sea level change is set to be one of the defining problems of the future, affecting some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

"Alastair’s talk will inform our audiences in terms of the global and historical context of these changes, and inspire them to take any actions they can to reduce their impact on the environment.”

Since 2013, Alastair has been honorary professor of physical geography at the University of Dundee. He has published over 100 papers on aspects of coastal change and his latest book, launched this week, Introducing Sea Level Change explains the ideas contained in his talk in much more detail.

Alastair will be talking at the Highland Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX on Monday from 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the door: £10 for visitors, £8 for Tiso Outdoor Experience Card Holders, Free for RSGS Members, Students and U18s.

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