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RADOST at Social Coast Forum 2012 in South Carolina, US

Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina
15. February 2012

RADOST is co-organizing parts of the Social Coast Forums 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina on 15 and 16 February 2012.
The full programme of the Social Coast Forums 2012 and further information are available here.

A short RADOST report on the event can be found here.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Topic: Climate Change: Understanding Perceptions and Communicating Challenges
Moderator: Jean Tanimoto, NOAA Pacific Services Center

RADOST presentation:
The Dissemination of Climate Science Knowledge and Its Role in Adaptation Strategies:
Regional Political Stakeholders on the German Baltic Sea Coast

Grit Martinez, Ecologic Institute (project leader RADOST)

Thursday, 16 February 2012, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

ASK THE AUDIENCE: Climate Change and Cross-Cultural Coastal Zone
Management: Knowledge for Action in the U.S. and Europe
Organizers: Michael Orbach, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, and Grit Martinez, Ecologic Institute, Berlin, Germany (project leader RADOST)
Moderator: Kate Barba, NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

Coastal Zones of the European Union are in important living and working space, since almost 50% of the EU population lives within 50 km of the sea. The shores of the Baltic Sea for instance, a brackish sea located in Northern Europe, are a border to 10 European states. National responses to issues such as sea level rise, storm events, erosion, oxygen and saline depletion can vary in the region.  In the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for example the basic principle of the coastal protection strategy acknowledges the dynamic character of the coastline (”Coasts are mosaics in space in time”).

During this session, we will firstly give a short overview of coastal zone issues in the Baltic Sea Region in Europe. This is followed by a poll on the cultural beliefs and attitudes of participants regarding the environment, climate change and adaptation in coastal regions in the U.S. The survey will be done via a web platform, with results being instantly viewable. Attendees can participate in the survey free of coasts and anonymously via their personal laptops or smart phones with web access, or text messaging (though you’re standard text rates will apply when using text messaging).

The Baltic Sea was chosen because of its similar geographic settings with some coastal areas in the U.S. such as the Chesapeake Bay.