Sea Level Rise and the Seattle Shoreline
October 10-October 24, 2009
Olympic Sculpture Park
A warmer planet brings many changes and in the Puget Sound Region, one change will be a rising sea level. Sea level rise is a relatively gradual, subtle, change brought about by increasing global temperatures, and the resulting expansion of water and melting of glaciers and ice sheets. This display illustrates how tides, shoreline steepness, and extreme weather events are bought together in projecting impacts of sea level rise on coastlines, and what the projections are for Seattle, and for a very different location, Surabaya, Indonesia.
The creation of the exhibit was initiated by a request from Jackie White, the Environmental Steward at SAM. Faculty and graduate students from 3 UW departments responded to produce this creative, thoughtful display. Exhibit authors: Cecilia Bitz, faculty member in Atmospheric Sciences, and a board member of the UW Program on Climate Change, Paul Hezel, graduate student in Atmospheric Sciences, Amy Cash, graduate student in Oceanography, and Kristin Poinar, graduate student in Earth and Space Sciences.
The exhibit is a partnership between SAM and the University of Washington's College of the Environment and Program on Climate Change. The exhibit will open on 2pm on Saturday, October 10 with a short tour and science-based interpretation by the exhibit creators. On October 24, the International Day of Climate Action, the display closes with a day of service at the Olympic Sculpture Park.