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Author explores the rise of sea levels

A JOLLA — John Englander, author of “High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis,” will discuss rising sea levels and the impact on coastal communities during a special presentation at 7 p.m. May 7 at Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, at Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UC San Diego

The lecture cost is $5. RSVP to (858) 534-5771 or online at

Rising sea level may be one of the most profound long-term impacts of climate change, yet many are unaware of the magnitude of this impending problem. “High Tide on Main Street” explains the science behind sea level rise, its connection to climate change and the effects it could have on our coastal communities.

Joseph Romm, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, said of the book, “If you own coastal property or know someone who does, you better read this now. The time coastal property values start collapsing is nigh.”

Englander argues that while we can’t stop sea level rise, we can intelligently adapt our coastal communities in preparation.

Englander will sign books following the presentation. Guests who purchase the book in advance from the Aquarium Gift Shop receive priority seating at the event. To receive priority seating, the book must be purchased on site or by phone at (858) 534-8753.

Englander is an oceanographer and geologist specializing in sea level rise. He is a global ocean explorer with expeditions to Antarctica, Greenland and the High Arctic, and has made deep dives in research submarines. In addition to writing, Englander formerly served as CEO for such organizations as The Cousteau Society and The International SeaKeepers Society. He is a Fellow of The Explorers Club, and the Institute for Marine Engineering, Science & Technology.