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Tuesday, March 2 • 9:15am - 10:00am
Advisory Committee on Climate Change Introduction & Keynote Speaker- Dr. Benjamin D. Hamlington, Ph.D

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Keynote Address: Benjamin D. Hamlington, Ph.D. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Dr. Ben Hamlington is a Research Scientist in the Sea Level and Ice Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He studies global and regional sea-level changes with a particular focus on using satellite observations to understand sea level variability on interannual to decadal timescales. He has done considerable work on understanding sea level during the 20th century, comparing historical in situ data to modern satellite observations. He is also interested in how sea level responds to both natural and anthropogenic forcing, and what this will mean for coastal populations both now and in the future. This interest extends to bridging the gap between scientist and decision-makers, and the challenge of generating useful scientific information for planning purposes. Dr. Hamlington is a member of NASA's Ocean Surface Topography and GRACE/GRACE-FO science teams and is the current team lead of the NASA Sea Level Change Science team. He is also a member of the Interagency Sea Level Taskforce, USGCRP Coasts Group, and WCRP Grand Challenge on Sea Level.​​​​

How NASA Is Using Satellites to Understand Sea Level Science

The continuous and near‐global coverage of satellites has led to significant advances in our understanding of sea-level rise on both global and regional scales. In this presentation, an overview of the sea level observing network is provided and connected to improvements in our understanding of the physical processes that drive sea level change. Future observing efforts are discussed and areas where there is still uncertainty in assessments of future sea level are highlighted. Finally, challenges of translating science into actionable information are outlined and potential solutions to these challenges are presented.


Speakers
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Howard Neukrug

Professor of Practice and Executive Director; Chair, Advisory Committee on Climate Change, The Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania
Mr. Neukrug is The Professor of Practice in Global Water at the University of Pennsylvania and the founder and director of the University’s Water Center at Penn.  He has 40 years of experience in the water industry, most recently as Commissioner and CEO of Philadelphia Water.  He... Read More →
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Benjamin Hamlington

Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Dr. Ben Hamlington is a Research Scientist in the Sea Level and Ice Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He studies global and regional sea-level changes with a particular focus on using satellite observations to understand sea level variability on interannual to decadal timescales... Read More →


Tuesday March 2, 2021 9:15am - 10:00am EST
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