Erik Mackie

Wednesday, November 8 2017 at 7:30PM

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Erik Mackie

What's the talk about?

Our climate is changing. Driven by greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, global temperatures are increasing year on year. 2016 was the warmest year since records began in 1880, as were 2015 and 2014 before it. 

Sea level rise is a major and dramatic consequence of our warming climate. As global temperatures increase, our oceans are warming, causing the ocean water to expand. On top of that, melting glaciers and ice sheets are adding more water to the oceans. Global average sea level has already risen by about 20 cm over the past century, and will continue to rise for many centuries to come. This poses a significant risk to millions of people around the world living in low-lying coastal areas.

But by how much is global sea level projected to rise in the future? How does sea level change vary locally from the global average? Why will sea level rise be higher in southern England than in Scotland? And how does sea level rise increase the risk of flooding from storm surges?

In this talk, Erik Mackie will answer these and other questions, and explore the causes and impacts of past, current and future sea level rise. He will explain the science and discuss the implications of sea level rise with examples and case studies from the UK and worldwide. 


Erik Mackie is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Bristol and British Antarctic Survey. His research focuses on the circulation of the Southern Ocean, and its response to Climate Change. He also worked as a Postgraduate Fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in Westminster, where he wrote a parliamentary briefing note for MPs and Lords on sea level rise.