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Researcher Will Discuss Space-Based Sea Level Rise Observations

Isabella Velicogna, a researcher from the University of California-Irvine and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will visit Old Dominion University on Monday, Feb. 2, speaking about her research using satellite-based measurements to study the effects of a warming climate on ice sheet and glacier mass balance, and their contribution to sea level rise.

Velicogna, who will be hosted by ODU's Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute (MARI) and Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography (CCPO), is noted for her use of space-based climate measurements for high-latitude regional studies.

Her address "Regional Sea Level Variability from Ice Sheets, Glaciers and Land Hydrology," will be delivered at 3 p.m. in the conference center of Innovation Research Park, Building II, 4211 Monarch Way.

Velicogna earned an undergraduate degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Applied Geophysics from the University of Trieste in Italy. In the study she will speak about at ODU, Velicogna reports on the status of ice sheets and glacier mass balance throughout the world between the years 2003-2014, also evaluating regional sea level variations when combined with observations of changes in global land hydrology, and water input from the atmosphere,

Her research was conducted at the University of California-Irvine and at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, under a contract with NASA. More information on Dr. Velicogna's research is available at: http://www.ess.uci.edu/group/velicogna/isabella

Velicogna will visit CCPO on Monday. For more information about her visit, or to schedule an opportunity to speak with her, contact Hans-Peter Plag, professor of oceanography and MARI director, at hpplag@odu.edu

Old Dominion University has emerged as an academic leader in the multidisciplinary study of sea level rise and mitigation. MARI at Old Dominion University is focusing on the solutions, the options we have to mitigate the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, and to adapt to the changes.

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.