USF Grant to Get People Thinking About Rising Sea Levels
The Al Gore approach to climate-change education didn't work, says University of South Florida geologist Jeffrey Ryan. Too many charts.
He wants people to see the evidence around them--wells turning salty, beaches and mangrove islands disappearing, signs that billions of dollars worth of waterfront property could be underwater in the next several decades.
Sea levels are rising, "and that means there are adjustments we have to make," Ryan said.
He received a grant this week from the National Science Foundation to persuade Floridians to start considering those adjustments.
Ryan, a USF professor and geology department chairman, is one of 15 researchers across the country to get a piece of the science foundation's $20 million Climate Change Education Partnership.
He and partners from the USF colleges of business and marine science have nearly $500,000 to spend over the next two years planning the project....