Presenter Information

Andra Garner, Rowan University

Start Date

4-2-2020 4:00 PM

End Date

4-2-2020 5:00 PM

Access Type

MSU Access Only

Abstract

As our climate continues to warm, the dangers posed to our coastal communities become ever greater. Our coasts face growing hazards not only from rising sea-levels, but also from tropical cyclones that continue to evolve as our climate changes. Much uncertainty remains about the exact amount of sea-level rise we may see in the future, as well as precisely how storms may change in future climates; however, one thing that is abundantly clear is that, without significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, our coastal communities face potentially devastating impacts in the future. In this talk, Dr. Garner will share some of her research investigating the evolution of sea-level rise estimates, the impacts of a changing climate on tropical cyclones impacting the Northeastern U.S., and how the combined effects of sea-level rise and tropical cyclones impact the flood hazard for New York City.

Biography

Dr. Andra Garner is a climate scientist and meteorologist whose research focuses on the impacts of a changing climate on natural hazards. She earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Grove City College in 2010, before going on to earn her M.S. (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) in Meteorology from Penn State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Her research has included studies investigating the changing flood risk in New York City due to tropical cyclones and sea-level rise, a study of the evolution of 21st century sea-level rise projections, changes to tropical cyclone storm tracks in the North Atlantic under a changing climate, and work on analyzing the changing flood hazard for portions of the U.S. west coast due to the combined impact of tsunamis and sea-level rise.

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Feb 4th, 4:00 PM Feb 4th, 5:00 PM

Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Hazards: Changing Sea-levels and Tropical Cyclone Characteristics

As our climate continues to warm, the dangers posed to our coastal communities become ever greater. Our coasts face growing hazards not only from rising sea-levels, but also from tropical cyclones that continue to evolve as our climate changes. Much uncertainty remains about the exact amount of sea-level rise we may see in the future, as well as precisely how storms may change in future climates; however, one thing that is abundantly clear is that, without significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, our coastal communities face potentially devastating impacts in the future. In this talk, Dr. Garner will share some of her research investigating the evolution of sea-level rise estimates, the impacts of a changing climate on tropical cyclones impacting the Northeastern U.S., and how the combined effects of sea-level rise and tropical cyclones impact the flood hazard for New York City.