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February 20, 2013
This Practicum provides sea level rise science, research on shoreline movement, and the implications for the Georgia coast.
This workshop is facilitated by Jason M. Evans, PhD Environmental Sustainability Analyst, Environmental Policy Program for the Carl Vinson Institute of Government in Athens, GA. Dr. Evans helps state and local leaders examine and develop comprehensive environmental management policies and practices. Trained as an interdisciplinary ecologist, he is an expert in developing policy recommendations that take into account the wide range of possible environmental implications.
The workshop is also facilitated by Clark R. Alexander, Ph.D., Professor at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, Georgia. His research and projects include sedimentary processes on continental margins, coastal and barrier island geology, rates and processes of shoreline change, quaternary sea level history, and barrier island formation and stratigraphy. The workshop will provide the Coastal Resources Division’s regulatory and research role and present information about the Coastal Hazards Portal, armored shoreline database, and how coastal planners can consider this type of information in planning.
The Practicum will include population/land use growth models for coastal counties, and provide a thorough review of the various legal obligations and policy challenges that local governments face when they start to grapple with sea level rise issues. The workshop will present results of Governor’s South Atlantic Alliance coastal vulnerability assessment project pertaining to sea level rise hazards, and other modeling results, such as new Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) modeling for GA.