Climate Change, Extreme Events and Coastal Cities

This conference will assemble academic, business, governmental and non-governmental organizations to:

  • Discuss the causes of climate change and its impact on coastal cities, specifically Houston and London
  • Identify the critical research and practical issues needed to mitigate climate change
  • Identify possible collaborative projects between the UK and the US.

More than one-third of the world's population now lives within 100 miles of a shoreline.  Thirteen of the world's twenty largest cities are located on a coast.  For coastal ciy citizens global climate change is a threat to survival:

  • Catastrophic storms and flooding put lives at risk and property in peril
  • Health issues, such as respiratory problems, may result from climate change
  • Long-term economic impacts of climate change on agriculture are yet to be seen

Energy systems, planning, floods in urban and coastal areas, climate change in urban areas, prediction techniques for environment and climate, health issues in urban areas: all will be addressed by research scientists prominent int their fields and policy makers.

Speakers include:

Bill White, Mayor, City of Houston
Lord Julian Hunt, University College London
Dr. Tom Kileen, Director, National Center for atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Dr. Geoff Jenkins, Chief Co-ordinator, Hadley Centre, UK Meteorological Office
And more...

Registration required:
To register, go to
Please register by February 4, 2005
Conference is open to the public and entirely FREE


Organizer Gary Marfin


Wed, Feb. 9, 2005
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. US/Central


Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management - Rice University
Shell Oil Auditorium
Houston, TX