Kristy Dahl

Climate scientist

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Kristina Dahl is a climate scientist who designs, executes, and communicates scientific analyses that make climate change more tangible to the general public and policy makers. Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change--particularly sea level rise--on people and the places and institutions they care about. Dr. Dahl holds a Ph.D. in paleoclimate from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Cambridge and Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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The Summer of Floods: King Tides in June, July, August…

Here in San Francisco, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with art installations, walking tours, and magic buses. But artists in Charleston, South Carolina, are documenting a very different sort of season: a Summer of Floods. South Carolina is expecting king tides for nine of this year’s twelve months. Read more >

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Beliefs Won’t Save Tangier Island, Virginia, From Sea Level Rise—Informed Preparedness Will.

On Tuesday, President Trump called James Eskridge, the mayor of Tangier Island, Virginia, and told him that sea level rise isn’t an issue for Tangier, one of the most threatened communities in America.

My heart sank as I read it, and I was reminded of how our core beliefs are so central to our worldviews–and how we all struggle to accept evidence that challenges them.

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Data source: Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2016
Dahl et al. 2017
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How the Size of Your iPhone Relates to Sea Level Rise

Got your phone handy? Over the last month, coastal residents from Hawaii to Rhode Island wielded their smartphones and snapped dozens of shocking photos at high tide showing neighborhoods, parking lots, and public parks underwater. Meanwhile, scientists have published a spate of sobering sea level rise studies. We spend hours cradling our phones in our hands…let’s put them to use for a moment (screens off!) to put the latest sea level rise science into perspective. Read more >

Dangendorf et al. 2017
The Global Sea Level Observing System
Sweet et al. 2017
Vitousek et al. 2017
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