Climate Science

Climate Science

Understanding Sea Level Rise and Climate Change Impacts in the Past, Present, and Future

Researchers in the Climate Science and Sea Level program seek to understand root causes, processes, and environmental and societal impacts of sea level rise and climate change, applying this knowledge for practical coastal planning solutions.
The group tackles basic and applied science questions and builds on decades of observations of sea level, ocean currents, storms, and climate changes. Research explores connections between coastal ocean, glacial-isostatic rebound, and atmospheric changes in the climate system. Research topics include coastal ocean and geophysical dynamics (vertical land motion and subsidence), meteorological events such as coastal storms, tidal flooding and storm surges, rainfall climatology and vegetation dynamics, and development of information systems and data analytics to understand and predict coastal hazards.
Program scientists conduct applied research focused on climate impact and hazard risk assessments to inform decisions and policymakers, coastal communities, environmental quality, and the management of coastal resources. ICAR projects have been funded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), NASA Earth Science Technology Office, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. ICAR researchers regularly collaborate with local, state, regional and international community partners and academic research groups.
The Climate Science program seeks

The Climate Science program seeks to

Sea level rise and climate change

Focus areas

Program director

Dr. Nicole Hutton

Phone number 757-683-6059

Program Head

Dr. Tom Allen