Rising seas conferences will continue, Adams

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Fundy Geological Museum hosts second annual event

PARRSBORO – Conferences examining the problem of rising sea levels are set to continue here for… well, as long as sea levels continue to rise.
The second such conference, titled “Submergence and Coastal Erosion along the Bay of Fundy: Observations, Planning and Mitigation,” was held at Fundy Geological Museum on Oct. 18-19, once again drawing some of the region’s leading thinkers on the topic.

Glacier expert Ralph Stea (left) talks about glaciers and sea level cange during the last 100,000 years during a field trip on Oct. 19 as part of the Rising Sea Level Conference hosted by Fundy Geological Museum, Ottawa House by the Sea Museum, FORCE Centre and the Town of Parrsboro. Assisting him is geologist Allan Ruffman. 

Museum curator Ken Adams deemed it as a success, and a tradition that will continue.

“Another year will be a similar theme again, but we will try to get more public involvement,” said Adams. “We may be at our maximum as far as accommodating a crowd that size. I had toyed with the idea of running concurrent sessions, but I think people want to be together, so it’s a matter of looking for a bigger forum possibly.”

The two days of sessions included presentations from the likes of Tim Webster, Jen Graham, Emily LeGrand, Philip Finck, Kerr Canning, Penny Henneberry, Prof. David Patriquin, and Ralph Stea, on topics ranging from hazard mapping to adapting to sea level rise, to proper planning.

The conference went “incredibly well,” according to Adams, who said more than 40 people participated in the Friday sessions, followed by about 30 on Saturday.

“It was a nice combination of folks with science, and the general public with questions,” he said.

For example, he pointed to the session with Henneberry, a planner with the Municipality of Cumberland County, as a great example of seeing how governments are using the information coming from the scientific community.

Organizing members and presenters were enthusiastic about continuing the conference, he said.

“Things are not going to go away, so we do have to be prepared for some of the changes that are imminent,” said Adams. “The focus was not necessarily on climate change, but on identifying the hazards associated with normal sea level rising, topped off with global warming and climate change. It’s not pie in the sky stuff; it’s around us.”

awagstaff@citizenrecord.ca

Twitter: @ADNandrew

 

Organizations: Fundy Geological Museum

Geographic location: Cumberland County

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