Advancing Science, Connecting Society
The conference will provide an opportunity to share the present status and future of climate-related sea-level research with a strong focus on the application of sea-level science for adaptation and stakeholder needs. Given the critical need for risk assessment and coastal adaptation, it will include direct participation by a global cross-section of both leading sea level researchers and adaptation practitioners. The conference will feature a robust conversation between these communities to inform efforts to bridge science and society at this critical moment, including consideration of the new structure of WCRP.
State of the Art from Science

Leading climate experts from around the world will share the latest science behind sea level projections.

Practitioner Perspectives

Stakeholders will share the state of practice and identify paths forward to protect lives, property, and natural systems.

Field Trips

Take part in an exciting programme of field trips to coastal locations in and around Singapore.

Early Career Grants

If you're an Early Career Researcher, especially from Southeast Asia, you will be eligible for a grant to attend the conference.

“The Conference will include participation on-site but will also utilise state-of-the-art remote participation options to ensure inclusion and engagement.”

Call for Abstracts
WCRP Sea Level 2022 Conference is seeking abstracts for oral and poster presentations:
      • Paleo sea-level and glacial isostatic adjustment
      • Quantifying the contribution of land ice to near-future sea level rise
      • Sea level budget
      • Coastal sea level variability
      • Progress and challenges for regional sea level, including projections and applications
      • Coastal risks and adaptation

     

Call for abstracts has closed.
Programme Schedule
The thematic structure and topics for Sea Level 2022 are presented below. All times are Singapore Standard Time with UTC provided in parentheses. Virtual attendees will have access the sessions live and on-demand, as well as to all posters.

Opening Address by Minister Ms Grace Fu
Detlef Stammer (WCRP): WCRP’s Commitment to Sea-level Research
Hazel Khoo (PUB, Director Coastal Protection): Coastal Adaptation in Singapore
Aurel Moise (MSS/CCRS): Overview of Singapore’s National Sea Level Program
Noelle O’Brien (Asian Development Bank, Manila): Sea-level Rise as a Development Challenge: the ADB Perspective
Ben Horton (Director, Earth Observatory of Singapore): Sea-level Research in Southeast Asia

Plenary Oral Session:

Invited talk: Cunde Xiao, Beijing Normal University: IPCC Working Group 1 Sea Level Chapter
Invited talk: Alex Robel, School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology: Why are projections of the future Antarctic contribution to sea level so high?
Invited talk: Roderik van de Wal, Utrecht University: Grand Challenge High-end Sea Level Rise
Invited talk: Judy Lawrence, New Zealand Climate Change Commissioner: IPCC State Of The Art Working Group 2

Plenary Oral Session:

Invited talk: David Behar, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission: A Practitioner Perspective
Invited talk: Daniella Hirschfeld, Utah State University: Global Survey: What Sea Level Information Is Used Today?
Invited talk: Joseph Intsiful, Green Climate Fund: Global Adaptation Needs On The Coast

Plenary Oral Session:
Adaptation Leading Practices

Invited talk: Arthur Webb, UNDP: Island state perspective
Invited talk: Munsur Rahman, IWFM: Deltas
Invited talk: Anh Cao, University of Tokyo, Japan: Cities

Plenary Oral Session:

Examples from work in Singapore and Southeast Asia:

Singapore Response of Southeast Asia’s mangroves to sea-level rise
Singapore Coral recorders of past sea-level change in Sentosa, Singapore
Singapore Holocene sea-level science in Singapore

Plenary Oral Session:

WCRP and sea-level change from WCRP Safe Landing.

Plenary Oral Session:

Synthesising Day 1: both science and practitioners.
What is needed in the next 10 years for practitioners and scientists?

Plenary Oral Session:

Invited talk: Angélique Melet, Mercator Ocean International, France
Invited talk: Miguel Esteban, Research Institute of Sustainable Future Society, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Speakers:

  • Prof Bart Van Den Hurk, Deltares: Searching for SLR Early Warning Signals for Societal Adaptation
  • Dr Benjamin Hamlington, NASA JPL: Opportunities for Satellite-Based Signposts and Adaptation Pathways in US Sea Level Rise Projections
  • Dr Marjolijn Haasnoot, Deltares / Utrecht University: Lessons from Pathways Studies for Coastal Adaptation
  • Dr Scott Kulp, Climate Central: Spatial Resolution of Population Data Influences Coastal Flood Exposure Estimates
  • Vanessa Völz, Global Climate Forum e.V.: Using Learning Scenarios to Improve Coastal Adaptation Decisions
  • Dr Ven Paolo Valenzuela, National University of Singapore: Land Reclamation as Adaptation to Sea Level Rise in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

Plenary Oral Session:

Invited talk: Natasha Barlow, University of Leeds, UK: The Paleo sea level perspective.
Invited talk: Andrew Lloyd, Columbia, USA: The role of the solid Earth in ice sheet and sea level evolution.

Speakers:

  • Prof Alessio Rovere, Ca' Foscari University of Venice: The World Atlas of Last Interglacial Shorelines (Version 1.0)
  • Caroline Van Calcar, Delft University of Technology & University of Utrecht: Simulation of a Fully Coupled 3D GIA - Ice Dynamical Model for the Antarctic Ice Sheet Over a Glacial Cycle
  • Dr Jedrzej Majewski, Earth Observatory of Singapore, NTU: Utilizing Coral Microatolls to Extend Instrumental Sea-Level Records
  • Dr Juliet Sefton, Tufts University: Late Holocene Relative Sea-Level Changes and Archaeology in the Equatorial Western Pacific Ocean
  • Roger Creel, Columbia University: Probabilistic Assessment of Mid-Holocene Global Mean Sea Level
  • Dr Sarah Woodroffe, Durham University: Saltmarsh Records of Recent Mass Balance Changes in Greenland

By David Behar, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; Co-Chair, WCRP Sea Level Rise Grand Challenge

Plenary Panel Session:
Adaptation planning starts with the science, but that science is complex, ever-changing, and uncertain. How is sea-level science used today in planning, what challenges do practitioners face in that use, and how are coastal climate services evolving to better connect “actionable science” to on-the-ground action?

Invited talk: Adam Parris, Deputy Director for Climate Science and Data Services, New York City, USA
Invited talk: Abby Sullivan, Senior Advisor for Climate Science and Risk Communication, City of Philadelphia, USA
Invited talk: Gordon Smith, Director of Planning, Province of Nova Scotia, Canada

Plenary Panel Session:
We are beginning to see adaptation action, i.e. measures implemented on-the-ground to maintain or create resilience to rising seas. This session will include jurisdictions that have put in place adaptation measures to sea-level rise and describe how they got there.

Invited talk: Nobuyuki Tsuchiya, Japan Riverfront Research Center, Tokyo, Japan
Invited talk: Thao Nguyen Danh, Vice President, Ho Chi Minh City University, Vietnam
Invited talk: Katherine Hagemann, Resilience Program Manager for Adaptation, Miami-Dade County, USA
Invited talk: Ivan Haigh, University of Southampton/I-STORM, United Kingdom

Plenary Panel Session:
Context matters in responding to sea-level rise. Our first panel presenting approaches to the development of adaptation programs will feature case studies drawn from small island contexts.

Invited talk: Erin Derrington, Office of Planning, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, USA
Invited talk: Anthony Kiem, Asian Development Bank, Australia
Invited talk: Zahirul Hacque Khan, Institute of Water Modeling, Bangladesh

Plenary Panel Session:
Context matters in responding to sea-level rise. Our second panel presenting approaches to the development of adaptation programs will feature case studies drawn from large cities.

Invited talk: Felipe Cerbella Mandarino, City Information Coordinator, Instituto Pereira Passos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Invited talk: Karen Partington, Environmental Systems Services Manager, City of Lake Macquarie McQuarie, Australia
Invited talk: Chai Teck Ho, Deputy Director, Public Utilities Board, Singapore

Plenary Oral Session:

Speakers:

  • Dr Eric Larour, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: New Sea-Level Projections Accounting for Spatio-Temporal Covariances in the Barystatic Contributors
  • Filippo Giaroli, University of Genoa: Future Changes in Joint Waves and Storm Surge Events in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Dr Fu Lee Lueng, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Potential Applications of Swot High-Resolution Sea Surface Height Observations to the Study of the Coastal Impact of Sea Level Rise
  • Dr Ivan Haigh, University of Southampton: Challenges Facing Storm Surge Barriers with Sea-Level Rise
  • Dr Joanna Staneva, Helmholtz Zentrum Hereon: Wind Waves Contribution to Sea-Level Variability in the Land-Ocean Continuum
  • Julis Oelsmann, DGFI-TUM: The Impact of Continuous Space and Time-Resolving Vertical Land Motion on Relative Sea Level Change
  • Lucia Pineau-Guillou, IFREMER: Changes in Extreme Sea Levels along the North Atlantic Coasts from 1846 to 2018
  • Victoria Schoenwald, University of Miami RSMAS: Understanding Sea Level Rise Acceleration along the East Coast of North America

Plenary Oral Session:

Invited talk: Harry Zekollari, ETH, Switzerland: Sea-level contribution from glaciers on decadal to multi-centennial time scale.
Invited talk: Miren Vizcaino, TUD, The Netherlands: Advanced, coupled simulations of Greenland ice sheet surface mass balance, ice flow and global climate evolution.
Invited talk: Thomas Frederikse, JPL, USA: The sea level budget.

Speakers:

  • Dr Maryam Yousefi, McGill University and Pennsylvania State University: Resolving the Influence of the Solid Earth on Ice Sheet Grounding Lines and The Implications for the Antarctic Ice Sheet's Contribution to Future Global Sea Levels
  • Dr Tamsin Edwards, King's College London: Protecting Coasts: How to Better Quantify Uncertainties in the Next Generation of Land Ice Projections
  • Carolina Camargo, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research: Regionalizing the Sea-Level Budget Using a Neural Network Approach
  • Dr Jennifer Walker, Rutgers University: Common Era Sea-Level Budgets and Timing of Modern Rates of Rise

Plenary Oral Session:

Invited talk: Xuebin Zhang, CSIRO, Australia: Ocean warming and sea-level rise.

Speakers:

  • Dr Samuel Akande, Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria: Geostatistical Modeling of Sea-Level Rise under Future Climate Scenarios for Predicting Coastal Hazards across West Africa's Coasts
  • Dr Aimee Slangen, NIOZ, Netherlands: Rethinking sea-level projections using families and timing differences
  • Dr Dhrubajyoti Samanta, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore: Detecting Anthropogenic Footprints On Sea-Level Rise Over The Indo-Pacific Warm Pool Region
  • Asst. Prof Sanne Muis, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam / Deltares, Netherlands: Setting new standards for global projections of extreme sea levels using storm-resolving climate models: validation, projected changes, and methodological challenges
  • Dr Matthew Palmer, Met Office Hadley Centre, United Kingdom: Towards Physically Consistent Sea Level Rise Storylines for the United Kingdom
  • Dr Daniel Gilford, Climate Central, United States: Worldwide attribution of historical regional sea level rise to human-caused climate change
  • Nikki Alen Pasaje, Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Philippines: Improving Local Sea-Level Rise Estimates In The Philippines: Integration Of Local Oceanographic Processes Using Machine Learning Method
  • Dr Ricardo da Cruz e Sousa, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Challenges To Sea-Level Rise Adaptation In Copacabana, RJ

Plenary Oral Session:

This is the final session (part 1) – to facilitate the fully hybrid approach, we will also have an online document where all registered participants can write during the conference their views and comments – speakers will need to look at this before their presentation on Friday and may wish to discuss with others during the conference. The document will remain open until the following Monday to facilitate input from other time zones.

25 minutes plenary discussion, starting with WCRP representatives (Heiko Goelzer, early career scientist)

Chaired by Roderik van de Wal
Speakers: Ivan Haigh, Kathy McInnes, Tamsin Edwards (10 minutes each)

Plenary Oral Session:

This is the final session (part 2) – to facilitate the fully hybrid approach, we will also have an online document where all registered participants can write during the conference their views and comments – speakers will need to look at this before their presentation on Friday and may wish to discuss with others during the conference. The document will remain open until the following Monday to facilitate input from other time zones.

25 minutes plenary discussion, starting with WCRP representatives and others (Silvina Solman, Jochen Hinkel, early career scientist)

Chaired by Bart van den Hurk
Speakers: David Behar, Robert Nicholls, Marjolijn Haasnoot (10 minutes each)

Plenary Oral Session:

Conference closing by by Roderik van de Wal.

Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Our world class venue is ready to welcome guests travelling via SafeTravel Lanes to Singapore, including the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL).
Virtual Platform
The WCRP Sea Level Conference 2022 edition will feature a hybrid experience for both virtual and physical attendees. Online participants can look forward to a dedicated functional online platform hosting themed content sessions with Q&A for all 5 days, exhibition booths by our sponsors and poster sessions by the authors. In addition to live sessions hosted in local Singapore time, all content will be freely available to registered participants on the platform to view at your convenience.
Register
All prices quoted are in United States Dollars (USD) and inclusive of prevailing Goods & Services Tax (GST).

Early Bird Registration: On Or Before 15 May 2022

Early Career Researcher - In-Person

$250

Early Career Researcher - Online

$130

Regular - In-Person

$500

Regular - Online

$250

Day Rate Online

$65

Only available for Day 3.

Regular Registration: After 15 May 2022

Early Career Researcher - In-Person

$350

Early Career Researcher - Online

$180

Regular - In-Person

$600

Regular - Online

$350

Day Rate Online

$90

Only available for Day 3.

Limited financial assistance is available for ECS and scientists from the Global South and practitioners a case-by-case basis. More information via the registration button above.

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