Hampton Roads is one of the most vulnerable regions to sea level rise in the nation, and the local economy and quality of life are closely tied to the area’s waterways.
Join Emily E. Steinhilber, JD, Research Assistant Professor, Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency, Office of Research, Old Dominion University as she discusses the risks our region faces from a high rate of relative sea level rise and changing precipitation patterns as well as new research and adaptation strategies being employed right now across the region to help us all live with the water.
In an effort to live with the water, localities are thinking creatively. For example, the City of Norfolk has adopted a new resilient zoning code, the city of Virginia Beach is nearing the completion of a comprehensive city-wide study, and Hampton is implementing its new resilience plan. At the same time researchers are using new technology to provide useful information to Hampton Roads residents. ODU researchers are collaborating with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to monitor subsidence at a localized level. Virginia Institute of Marine Science researchers are developing visualizations for water level forecasts and ODU researchers are using this model to analyze impacts to home values. ODU’s innovation and entrepreneurship experts are also partnering with RISE, a new non-profit focused on developing our region’s natural test bed and fostering growth in an emerging resilience industry cluster.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Bring a bag lunch, we'll have free dessert for you!
The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information call 757-727-1102.