Climate change, receding glaciers and melting ice sheets are causing the world’s oceans to rise. What does the melting of glaciers and ice sheets due to climate change mean for the world’s coastal cities? Will this ongoing issue cause problems into the future for urban populations? Maria Armoudian discuss these issues with Andrea Dutton and Brian Fagan.

Andrea Dutton is a Professor in Geological Sciences at the University of Florida. Her publications include “Tropical tales of polar ice: evidence of Last Interglacial polar ice sheet retreat recorded by fossil reefs of the granitic Seychelles islands.”

Brian Fagan is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His publications include The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels and Elixir: A Human History of Water.


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Photo Credit: Denis Felikson, University of Texas

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