6:00pm - 8:00pm


Lecture Theatre 2, Foster Building, University of Central Lancashire, Corporation Street, Preston,, Lancashire PR1 2HE United Kingdom


Free to attend

Event Description

CIWEM North Western and North Wales invites you to an evening talk on the scientific evidence and future trends of sea level change, held in partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Contrary to public perception, efforts to slow the rise in CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere through the reduction of emissions from human activity such as energy efficiency and renewable resources, will only reduce the amount of sea level rise. It cannot prevent it happening and will not realistically nor substantially avoid the projected rise in sea level over the next 50 years.

Based on scientific data, levels will be at least 1m higher within 30 years and even more by 2100 - possibly more than 7m, and yet there are many developments located at or near sea level at coastal locations, and more being planned. These are being constructed without consideration of actual future sea levels and the flooding that will occur.

Guest speaker John Englander, oceanographer and President of the International Sea Level Institute, will speak about our current understanding of sea level change and potential future impacts on coastal defences and infrastructure.

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Guest Speaker

John Englander, Oceanographer and President International Sea Level Institute

John is President and co-founder of the International Sea Level Institute, an oceanographer and recognised global expert on rising sea level. He is author of High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis.

Further Information

CPD certificates will be available for CIWEM members on the night.

Food and refreshments will be served from 05:30pm with the event beginning promptly at 06:00pm.

We recommend that you use public transport to reach this event, where possible. Check your route here. If coming by car, parking is available in the University car park off Kendall Street. A parking permit is available for those attending the event.

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If you have any queries about this event please contact Rob Van at rob.van@environment-agency.gov.uk.

For general and booking enquiries please email Barbara Woods at barbara.woods@ciwem.org.


This event has a limited capacity, and bookings must be made through 'My CIWEM' using the booking link. Your place is confirmed once you have clicked ‘proceed & submit’ in the cart and received a confirmation email. Non-members can book via CIWEM by creating an account on the booking page.

Please contact Barbara Woods at barbara.woods@ciwem.org if you have any booking queries.

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