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CIDR Seminar Series: Lena Reimann "Assessing Social and Cultural Impacts of Sea-Level Rise in Low-Lying Coastal Areas"
Start Date: 12/7/2018Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 12/7/2018End Time: 3:00 PM
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Event Description:
The CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR), in collaboration with the Population Council, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University, and the UN Population Division invite you to the next presentation of the Population Dynamics and Environmental Change Seminar Series.

Lena Reimann
Fulbright Doctoral Researcher, Department of Geography, Kiel University, Germany, and CUNY Institute for Demographic Research

"Assessing Social and Cultural Impacts of Sea-Level Rise in Low-Lying Coastal Areas"

Abstract: The impacts of sea-level rise and associated hazards such as coastal flooding and erosion do not only depend on the rate of sea-level rise, but also on socioeconomic developments in the coastal zone. To be able to assess vulnerability in areas exposed to sea-level rise related coastal hazards, high-resolution spatial indicators such as population and income distributions, age structure, and local cultural heritage are needed. In this talk, I will present my PhD research in which I focus on extending and downscaling spatial data for coastal impact assessments on regional scale, under a set of socioeconomic and sea-level rise scenarios based on the current scenario framework in climate change research (SSPs-RCPs). First, I will present a set of spatial population scenarios for the Mediterranean coastal zone in which we account for internal migration processes between coastal and inland locations based on the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs). As cultural heritage is a further important vulnerability indicator due to its high intangible value (and its inability to adapt to sea-level rise), we have assessed the risks of coastal flooding and erosion at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean coastal zone. I will present these results in the second part of my talk, before giving an outlook of the third and last part of my PhD research, which I will pursue during my 6-month research visit at CIDR.

Papers: (attached to this event listing)
Reimann, L., Merkens, J.L. and A.T. Vafeidis (2018): Regionalized Shared Socioeconomic Pathways: Narratives and spatial population projections for the Mediterranean coastal zone. In: Regional Environmental Change 18, 235-245. doi: 10.1007/s10113-017-1189-2.

Reimann, L., Vafeidis, A.T., Brown, S., Hinkel, J., Tol, R.S.J. (2018): Mediterranean UNESCO World Heritage at risk from coastal flooding and erosion due to sea-level rise. In: Nature Communications 9, 4161. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06645-9.

Pre-Seminar: We will meet at 12:30pm to have lunch with the speaker

Talk will being at 1:00pm

Post-Seminar: CIDR fellows and Demography Certificate students are strongly encouraged to meet with the speaker after the seminar to discuss her work further and consult about graduate school, research, job market, career, etc.
Location Information:
Baruch College - Information & Technology Building (Library Building)  (View Map)
151 E. 25th St.
New York, NY 10010
New York
Room: Room 763
Contact Information:
Name: Michael Marino
Phone: 6466606813
Lena Reimann
Attachments For This Event:
    > Reimann, et. al. - Mediterranean Coastal Zone
    > Reimann, et. al. - Nature Communications
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