[ skip to content ]

Climate Change & Sea Level Rise Initiative


  • Two Graduate Student Fellowships are now available for PhD studies related to adaptation to local sea level rise. Those interested should contact Dr. Hans-Peter Plag (hpplag@odu.edu). For more information follow this link
  • Dr. Diane Horn, Visiting CCSLRI Scholar from Birkbeck College, London with Dr. Michael McSane, Finance Department, ODU -- Collaboration Report now available.

Upcoming Events

  • Tech Surge
    06/03/2014 9:00 AM - 06/03/2014 5:00 PM
  • Tech Surge
    06/04/2014 9:00 AM - 06/04/2014 5:00 PM

"The Old Dominion University Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative will bring the university and the region's foremost experts together to find solutions to the challenges facing our region and other regions globally."

- President John Broderick, August 24, 2010

ODU's Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) facilitates research and education in all aspects of climate change and sea level rise. Because of our location there is special emphasis on adaptation to increased flooding because of sea level rise. There are many other aspects of climate change affecting coastal cities such as public health or disaster preparedness that the initiative also addresses.

The Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute (MARI) is an outgrowth of the CCSLRI efforts. MARI works with stakeholders within nd outside the region to generate knowledge that can enable them not only to reduce the negative aspects of climate change and sea-level rise, but also to make positive use of the opportuities in the coming changes. To learn more about MARI, visit the MARI web workspace or have a question or comment contact those listed in the right hand column.

At the local level the University provides appropriate leadership to regional leaders and distribute accurate information to the citizens. At national and international levels faculty researchers and educators will develop projects at other locations using the knowledge gained locally.

The University is building the CCSLRI through internal research grants, faculty hires at all levels and all disciplines and other actions to help faculty participate. CCSLRI works with a number of Related Research Groups.

Initiative Newsletters provide quarterly updates and provide a good overview of recent activities.


President Broderick, Larry Atkinson and Elizabeth Smith at the Oceans 12 Conference

Related Research Groups

Dick and Mandy deploying the DOBBS

Many different research centers and groups support and are affiliated with CCSLRI.