The Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography at Old Dominion University was established to promote research on the physical oceanography of the
coastal ocean and related oceanographic processes. The coastal ocean is the focus of increasing research for reasons relating to both short-term anthropogenic impacts and long-term global change.
You have likely seen advertising for Old Dominion University's Science
Pubs. Yes, Science Pubs means that beer is involved! The general
public is able to meet with sea level rise researchers from ODU at
local pubs to discuss the area's growing concern about the changing
climate. Michelle Covi, Assistant Professor of Practice of the Ocean,
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (OEAS) department at ODU and Virginia
Sea Grant Extension Partner for the Mitigation & Adaptation Research
Institute, had the idea connecting research to community.
These events are unlike seminars or lectures because they have an
informal setting and the purpose is to engage with everyday people who
want to learn more about adapting to rising sea level. The result is
a broad ranging discussion with experts about current problems and
possible solutions for locally rising sea level.
Local residents were able to meet Dr. Joshua Behr at the first Science
Pubs in September at O'Connor Brewing Company in Norfolk. Dr. Behr
posed the very real question, "Should I Get Outta Dodge?". He
addressed common attitudes and perceptions about severe storms and
evacuation which generated considerable discussion.
Monday's Science Pubs at the St. George Co. in Hampton, Va. drew a
large crowd to hear Ben Hamlington, Assistant Professor in the
OEAS department, explain what we actually know about sea level rise
from a unique perspective: space. Dr. Hamlington and the Science Pub
discussion was featured in today's Virginian Pilot (
click here to read
the article and to learn more about Science Pubs). Among the audience
was a group of science teachers and NASA colleagues who enjoyed the
conversation and learning a bit more about global sea level rise
Michelle is working with the ODU Office of Community Engagement and
Office of Research to plan the next Science Pubs for the spring
semester. Look for the event popping up in Virginia Beach and
Portsmouth next semester.