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Climate Change and Sea Level Rise:
Implications for New Orleans

by Dr. Virginia Burkett,
Chief Scientist for Global Change, USGS

6 p.m. Thursday, April 25
The Presbytere, Jackson Square

With disappearing natural defenses such as wetlands and barrier islands, New Orleans is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This science lecture by Virginia Burkett explores how increases in hurricane intensity and mean sea level place the city and its environs at risk.

Burkett is the chief scientist for global change at the U.S. Geological Survey. She has also served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, acting director of the Louisiana Coastal Zone Management Program and assistant director of the Louisiana Geological Survey. She has published extensively on the topics of global change and low-lying coastal zones.

The program is free and open to the public as part of the Louisiana's State Museum's "Coastal Conversations" series on environmental issues raised in the exhibition Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond.

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Friends of the Cabildo.


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