Kick-off Meeting of the 2nd phase of the SPP SeaLevel program and 2nd SPP ECS Meeting/Winter School

10-13 February 2020, Bonn, Germany

Highlights from the 1st day of the 3rd Annual/Kick-off Meeting of the SPP SeaLevel Meeting 2020 in Bonn, Germany and the participants.

The artist Ms Birgit Jansen (Bikablo company) recorded graphically the scientific highlights from the presentations during the Annual SPP Meeting, translating in a simpler way and illustrating visually an overview of sea-level information, results and outcomes of the projects from the two phases of the program with the aim to be communicated to the wider general audience.

The 3rd Annual/kick-off Meeting of the SPP-1889 SeaLevel Program is taking place this week 11-13 February 2020, in Bonn, Germany, marking officially the end of the 1st phase and the beginning of the 2nd phase of the program. The meeting is bringing together all projects from both phases and the entire community of natural and social science scientists from diverse disciplines involved with the SPP SeaLevel program to interact, exchange and merge knowledge, expertise and information on the global and regional sea level research, how to more effectively and comprehensively approach, understand and tackle the urgent issue of sea level change and its impacts on and from society at the coast.

Internationally well-known experts on sea level research, including Benoit Meyssignac (LEGOS, France), Ben Marzeion (University Bremen, Germany), Zita Sebesvari (United Nations University, Germany)and Marjolijn Haasnoot (Deltares, The Netherlands) are also contributing with keynote presentations to further bring input, connect the innovative interdisciplinary research work of the SPP SeaLevel program with the rest of the current, most state-of-the-art research, knowledge and information from the broader scientific community on the wide field of sea level rise and societal impacts, including improving sea-level measurements and the linkage with the global water-energy cycle, assessment and solution/adaptation pathways, challenges and uncertainties, implications for the coastal and low-lying islands communities, and more. 

This Annual/Kick-Off Meeting of the SPP SeaLevel program in Bonn is also bringing forward an innovative and more effective way to communicate the complex sea level topic and research to different audiences, by connecting science and art together, with the Graphic Recorder Birgit Jansen (Bikablo company) attending the conference talks and simultaneously illustrating graphically on a 3-m wall paper the science occurring within the SPP SeaLevel program and presented in the meeting, but also generally the different parameters and aspects needed to account to more comprehensively approach the sea level change issue, its societal impacts, adaptation pathways , etc. The graphic recording will be also displayed to future scientific meetings and workshops on sea level research but also on public and school events related to climate change and sea-level rise, to further communicate the SPP SeaLevel research to different audiences and ages, in addition to the rest of the wide scientific community on sea-level related field. 

The Annual Meeting followed the 2nd Early career Scientists (ECS) meeting/Winter School on 10th February in Bonn, Germany supporting the entire young researchers community within the program to strengthen their background knowledge and understanding on sea-level, the benefits of the synergy of disciplines and expertise within the SPP SeaLevel program, but also to get informed on available funding opportunities and how to write successful proposals to assist, prepare and support them further to their research career and networking.

A very productive and interesting week is on and we are still looking forward for the rest of the interesting presentations and outcomes of today and tomorrow, where the new projects will be presenting an overview of their planned research in the 2nd phase of the program aligned with the three main scientific themes of the SPP SeaLevel, i.e. “Contributions to Global and Regional Sea Level Changes”, “Regional Biophysical and Societal Impacts in N. Europe and S.E. Asia/Indonesia”, and“Adaptation, Decision Analysis and Governance”.


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