From Ice Sheets to the Coast: Sea-Level Rise Impacts

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April 9-12, 2024
University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Workshop Goals

  1. Understand the timescales and rates of sea level change at the populated coastline to:
    • Allow those interested in relative sea-level rise impacting Upper Texas coastal systems (coastal scientists, infrastructure managers, information distributors, and more) to hear from those studying the ice sheets and their impact on sea level. 
    • Allow polar scientists to learn how sea-level projection information is used by coastal residents and managers; learn what decision makers want to know about projections.
  2. Welcome a diverse audience to engage with polar and coastal scientists.
  3. Build interdisciplinary collaborations.
  4. Create opportunities for early career researchers (students and postdocs) to develop networks and discuss career paths.


Tuesday April 9th: UH Student Center South, Skyline Room

13.00 – 17.00 Early Career Workshop (open to self-identifying Early Career Researchers) General theme is “Careers Beyond Academia”, including
Panel discussion with professionals from a variety of earth science-related fields Workshop on professional development skills both in and out of academia.Organizer contact information: Please contact any one of us with questions!Meghan Sharp (ECR organizing committee),
Leilani Henry (ECR organizing committee mentor),
Laura Glastra (ECR organizing committee),
Asmara Lehrmann (ECR organizing committee),
Lucy Wanzer (ECR organizing committee),
Margie Turin (Panel Moderator, Workshop planning committee), mkt@ldeo.columbia.eduEarly Career Researchers are encouraged to bring a poster to display throughout the workshop highlighting their research. Posters should not be wider than 70 inches.

Wednesday April 10th: Hilton University of Houston, Shamrock Room

08.00 – 09.00 Arrival, registration and coffee
09.00 – 09.15 Introduction
09.15 – 10.30 Session 1 – Glacial Inputs to Sea Level
Speakers: David Rounce (Carnegie Mellon Univ.) Twila Moon (NSIDC), Martin Truffer (Univ. of Alaska), Ted Scambos (Univ. of Colorado)
Panel discussion: Robert Later (BAS) moderator
10.30 – 10.50 Break
10.50 – 12.05 Session 2 – Global to Local Sea-Level Rise
Tor Tornqvist (Tulane Univ.), Pietro Milillo (Univ. of Houston), Sophie Coulson (Univ. of New Hampshire), Avantika Gori (Rice Univ.), Denis Felikson (NASA)
Panel discussion: Ginny Catania (Univ. of Texas at Austin) moderator
12.05 – 13.35 Lunch
13.35 – 14.50 Session 3 – Historical and Ongoing Sea-Level Rise Adaptation
Brandee Carlson (Univ. of Houston), Tian Dong (Univ. of Texas Rio Grande Valley), Mike Miner (The Water Inst.), Abbey Hotard (Univ. of Delaware), Daniel Burger (N.A. Gulf Res. Program)
Panel discussion: David Mohrig (Univ. of Texas at Austin) moderator
14.50 – 15.10 Break
15.10 – 16.25 Breakout group discussions and report back
16.25 – 17.00 Group discussion
17.00 – 19.00 Reception
19.00 – 20.30 Evening Public Keynote Talks: UH Student Center South, Ballroom
Speakers: A.R. Siders (Univ. of Delaware), Ryan Venturelli (Colorado School of Mines), Tor Tornqvist (Tulane Univ.), Ashley Ross (Texas A&M Univ. Galveston). Julia Wellner (Univ. of Houston) moderator.
Register to attend (free)

Thursday April 11th: Hilton University of Houston, Shamrock Room

08.30 – 09.00 Re-introduction and Review
09.00 – 10.15 Session 4 – Planners’ Wishes, Needs, and Which are Which
Speakers: Andrew Moodie (Texas A&M Univ.), A.R. Siders (Univ. of Delaware), Sam Brody (Texas A&M Univ.), Nadia Seeteram (Columbia Climate School)
Panel discussion: Jeremy Bassis (Univ. of Michigan) moderator
10.15 – 10.35 Break
10.35 – 11.45 Session 5 – What Does the Future Hold?
Speakers: John Anderson (Rice Univ.), Sophie Nowicki (Univ. of Buffalo), Roger Creel (Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.), Megan Hart (Aon), Amy Neblett (artistBOAT)
Panel discussion: Julia Wellner (Univ. of Houston) moderator
11.45 – 13.15 Lunch
13.15 – 14.45 Breakout group discussions on topic of “How do we get there?”
14.45 – 15.05 Break
14.45 – 16.00 Session 6 – What’s the next step?
Plenary discussion led by organizers
16.00 – 16.40 Wrap up

Friday April 12th: Meet at the lobby of the Hilton University of Houston

08.00 – 17.00 Field trip to the coast
Field trip leads: Julia Wellner, David Mohrig and John Anderson

BONUS: April 8th: Total Solar Eclipse visible in Texas


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Glacial scientists, sea-level experts, coastal scientists, coastal protection specialists, policy and resiliency experts.


University of Houston Student Center South
4455 University Dr.
Houston, TX 77204


Hilton University of Houston
4450 University Dr.
Houston, TX


Jackson School of Geosciences, UT-Austin, University of Houston Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, U.S. National Science Foundation, U.K. Natural Environment Research Council, International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration

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Questions about the agenda or attendance contact David Mohrig at