WASHINGTON, DC—This week, Resources for the Future released a new installment of Resources Radio: "Demystifying Sea Level Rise, with Robert Kopp of Rutgers University."
In the podcast, host Daniel Raimi interviews Robert Kopp, the director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, a professor at Rutgers University, and co-director at the Climate Impact Lab. They discuss the latest update on how a changing climate will affect sea levels, and where the major uncertainties lie. Daniel will also ask Robert how he responds when people ask a common question posed of climate scientists: “are we doomed?”
Notable quotes from the podcast:
- “Over the last several decades, the increase in the amount of water being added to the ocean and the increase in the volume of water that started out in the ocean—through thermal expansion and land ice factors—have been roughly balanced. But the land ice portion of that is becoming an ever growing share” (5:20, Robert Kopp)
- “If we're in a high emissions trajectory, then it becomes increasingly uncertain how much sea level rise there's going to be.” (9:50, Robert Kopp)
- “I think we can get on a course that will stabilize the climate and cut the scale of emissions and make smart investments to manage those changes that we have already committed us to.” (25:57, Robert Kopp)
Resources Radio is a weekly podcast series exploring timely environmental, energy, and natural resources topics, and can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and SoundCloud.