UAF science seminars to explore rising seas

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - This week, top scientists from UAF and abroad will be speaking about global sea levels rising, and the consequences that could have on people everywhere.
Here's more in this report.
Katie Luper; Reporting>>: UAF is hosting a number of seminars this week to exchange ideas and knowledge amongst each other and with the intent to bond a relationship between scientists and society. A retired NASA scientist describes it like a puzzle.
Robert Bindschadler; NASA Emeritus Scientist>>: "It's an extended period of time to allow there to be interaction between people who have pieces of the puzzle who can share those pieces with each other. And that will make each of us more knowledgeable, in order to more effectively share that information with stakeholders and decisionmakers. That's ultimately my hope."
Katie Luper; Reporting>>: They've integrated scientists and mathematicians from various fields to link that puzzle and form a bigger picture.
Jürgen Kurths; Chapman Chair>>: "That means we have here put together people from earth sciences, from some hydrology, from geology, but also we try to discuss how to bring the news over to the people and how to communicate with them."
Katie Luper; Reporting>>: It can be difficult to find a common language among various scientists and then connect a bridge to the public.
Jürgen Kurths; Chapman Chair>>: "Because a geologist has completely different words and meaning of words than a mathematician. We have a lot of time for discussions - there you can learn best. You not only listen to talks, not only passively but also actively. And if we have reached this then it's ultimately much easier to talk to all people."
Katie Luper; Reporting>>: These scientists highlight the importance of communication because they believe rising sea levels have the potential to affect many people.
Regine Hock; Professor of Geophysics>>: "So it's not the slowly increasing sea level rise, but it's the consequences for floods and storm surges. That will increase dramatically if the sea rises."
Katie Luper; Reporting>>: But floods aren't the only problem they predict.
Jürgen Kurths; Chapman Chair>>: "And as a consequence we will have a lot of migration. Two hundred million people from Bangladesh - I don't know, 50 million from New York, will come to Alaska. It would be a real problem, this migration problem. It's a really strong impact and we have to take care about this."
Katie Luper; Reporting>>: Sessions will continue on Wednesday and Friday afternoon this week. I'm Katie Luper, reporting.