ASWM's Hot Topics Webinar Series

The Association of Wetland Managers (ASWM) occasionally opens up its Members Webinars to non-members on special topics that are not specific to any of our other webinar series and that appeal to a broader audience than our membership. For this reason, the Association started a Special Topics Webinar Series that is available for anyone to participate in. Some of the topics in the past have included the Ramsar Convention and international projects, complex legal cases, environmental economics and more. These webinars are advertised through our website, newsletters, social media and emails. There is no specific day of the month when these webinars occur. For more information and/or to join our email list for notices about upcoming events, please contact Laura Burchill at . 

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Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern


  • Kristina Dahl, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Shana Udvardy, Union of Concerned Scientists 


Rising sea levels are putting hundreds of US coastal communities at risk of chronic flooding and growing land and property loss, in many cases within 15 to 20 years. Using data from real estate company Zillow and our own peer-reviewed methodology for estimating flood risk, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a new analysis that identifies the number of coastal properties at risk of chronic inundation, the present-day value of these properties at the zip code level, and their current contribution to the property tax base. Join the report authors to learn about the significant implications for local economies, governments, communities and the financial sector. They will provide suggestions for changes to policies and market incentives to help mount a robust nationwide response to this immediate and growing problem. There will be time for questions after the presentation. You can read the report and view maps here.


Kristina Dahl is a senior climate scientist for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Dr. Dahl designs, executes, and communicates scientific analyses that make climate change more tangible to the general public and policy makers. Dr. Dahl earned a Ph.D. in paleoclimate from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, and a BA in Earth sciences from Boston University.

Shana Udvardy is a climate resilience analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She conducts research and policy analysis to help inform and build support to increase resilience to climate change impacts. Ms. Udvardy is a Certified Floodplain Manager, and holds a M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and a B.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

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