Several campus scientists participated in a “Climate Change Road Trip,” sponsored by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, on April 23.
Whitehouse met with scientists, coastal managers and community leaders as part of his a multi-state tour along the Southeast Coast. Skidaway Institute Executive Director Jim Sanders, NOAA’s George Sedberry and Reed Bohne, and MAREX’s Tom Bliss met with the senator at a morning coffee and at Ft. Pulaski, where the Senator discussed climate change impacts along the Georgia coast.
Skidaway scientist Clark Alexander, along with other members of the GCE-LTER program, later met with the Senator on Sapelo Island, where he was introduced to the research and outreach activities being conducted to address climate change effects and adaptation to these effects.
Senator Whitehouse’s tour particularly focused on the dangers posed by rising sea levels and the increasing vulnerability of coastal communities to flooding and storm damage.