Meeting set on understanding sea-level rise

LIHUE — A meeting on sea level rise vulnerability and adaptation is set for Jan. 9 on Kauai.

It is one of a series of public meetings being held statewide to educate people about the impacts of sea level rise and to gather comments and input about key issues and concerns regarding preparedness and adaptation.

“We are in the process of developing a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report (SLR Report) that is to be submitted in anticipation of the 2018 Hawaii State Legislature and we are interested in soliciting input from our island communities to help us complete the report,” said Suzanne Case, chair of the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Climate change has the potential to profoundly impact our well-being and way of life, according to the DLNR. In particular, rising sea levels will increase the occurrence and severity of coastal erosion and flooding, threatening natural resources and economic sectors concentrated along low-lying shores.

“This SLR Report is the first statewide assessment of the impacts of sea level rise on our coastal areas. Using the best available scientific knowledge, the SLR Report will help us prepare for future sea level rise and present recommendations to reduce our exposure to SLR hazards such as erosion and extreme flooding,” said Sam Lemmo, co-chair of the Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee.

The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lihue Civic Center, Moikeha Building.

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