Davina Passeri will participate in virtual science panel for art exhibit on “Expanding Waters”

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Davina Passeri, Research Oceanographer at the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, has been invited to participate in a virtual panel discussion as part of an art exhibit in Pinellas County called “Expanding Waters” which describes the current state of our waters.

Three science panels will be offered during “Expanding Waters”, an art exhibition that creates a story in two and three dimensions about the current state of our waters. Dr. Davina Passeri, Research Oceanographer at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, will speak during the first science session, “What is Climate Change and Sea Level Rise?” This panel discussion aims to explain what climate change and sea level rise are and how they affect us. Dr. Passeri will emphasize that the coast is not a bathtub and will not simply inundate under sea level rise. Rather, the effects of sea level rise will result in increased beach erosion, increased flooding from high tides and during storm events, and wetland loss. Restoration strategies for enhancing coastal resilience include moving away from hard structures like seawalls and jetties towards natural and nature-based features like living shorelines, beach nourishment and marsh restoration that can dampen wave energy, stabilize shorelines and reduce storm surge inundation.

The “Expanding Waters” exhibit will be on display at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas through June 13th, 2021. The panel discussion will stream live on Facebook on Saturday March 27, 2021 between 11am – 12:30pm EDT: www.facebook.com/creativepinellas/live. For more information visit https://creativepinellas.org/expanding-waters./