Project 639 - Sea Level Changes from minutes to millenia

IGCP Project meeting in 2017

Meeting on Sea Level Change from Minutes to Millennia

  • 17-23 September 2017, University of KwaZulu-Natal, St Lucia, South Africa

This is the second international meeting of IGCP Project 639, following on from an IGCP639 sponsored session at the European Geophysical Union in April.

This meeting will consist of six full days of activities including a one day workshop. The workshop will be sub-divided into a session on methods in sea-level research, and a session on developing Holocene databases of relative sea-level changes. The rest of the meeting will be comprised of two days of oral and poster presentations, and three days of field trips with topical discussions.

For ECR and developing national participants, this will provide a unique opportunity to learn about methods related to methods in sea-level research including the potential to gain further understanding into coastal processes by systematically standardizing data, hear on the latest research during the two-day presentation sessions, and apply thus knowledge in field trips to sites that are characteristic of the research opportunities and challenges in working in African coastal settings.

This meeting location fulfills the first goal of the project to expand the influence of sea-level research IGCP projects to Africa, with the aim of integrating the disparate sea level and coastal change records across the continent. This meeting will provide the second formal face to face meetings of the working group committees that align with the goals of the project. Once again, our list of presenters meets the project goals of bringing together specialist scientists from related disciplines.

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Brief outline of the project

Sea-level changes over timescales from minutes to millennia are of great concern to coastal communities. Long-term changes in sea level due to the solid earths response to glaciation and tectonics are the background rate upon which the hazard from anthropogenic sea-level change and extreme inundation from tsunamis and storms must be superimposed. Short-term measurements from instrumental and historical records provide short glimpses at the hazard posed by sea-level change over varying temporalscales but must be placed within the long-term context that only geological andarchaeological records provide.

This project will provide a platform for the development of integrated records of sea-level change and coastal hazards obtained from instrumental, historical, archaeological, and geological records. This project will place a particular focus on integrating disparate records in growth regions for science, namely in Africa, South America, and the Middle East, expanding upon previous coastal (495, 588) and delta projects (475) that focussed for the most part on Europe and Asia. Further, this project expands upon the research theme of project 588 that focused on the impacts of humans on coastal landscapes. This project will result in a coastal hazard toolkit that can be applied by those most at risk from future coastal inundation.

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