Chestertown, MD, February 5, 2003 — Washington College's Center for Environment and Society and Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, present “Global Climate Change and the Impact of Rising Sea Levels,” a lecture by Stephen Leatherman, Ph.D., Director of the International Hurricane Center at Florida International University, on Friday, April 25, 2003, at 4:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. Originally scheduled in February but cancelled due to inclement weather, this event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Leatherman is an internationally recognized authority on coastal storm impacts, beach erosion, and the effects of sea level rise. His talk will address the effects that global warming will have on weather patterns, storm severity and coastal areas that might experience rising sea levels. He has authored or edited 16 books and over 200 journal articles and technical reports on coastal issues, and was the on-screen host and co-producer of the “Vanishing Lands” documentary film that won three international awards.
A faculty member of Florida International University's Department of Environmental Studies, Dr. Leatherman also directs the university's International Hurricane Center, (IHC), an interdisciplinary research center focused on the mitigation of hurricane damage to people, the economy, communities and natural environment. The IHC promotes an interdisciplinary, large-scale disaster research agenda to address this vulnerability, involving disciplines such as architecture, business, economics, engineering, finance, geosciences, insurance, political science, sociology, and urban planning in a long-term, integrated research program to help coastal regions mitigate hurricane exposure.