Climate Science and Investment Conference - Center for Climate and Life

Climate Science and Investment Conference - Center for Climate and Life

Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise: Implications for Coastal Property

May 4, 2018, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

How can advances in climate science research be used to reduce investment risk and improve returns? What is the most current and useful research on ice sheet and sea level rise trends, and what are the near-term implications for coastal property? How will these trends affect returns, creating both risks and opportunities for investors and business leaders?

This forum—a joint effort by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School, and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory—brings together climate scientists and business leaders to understand how new advances in climate science can inform investments in specific sectors of the global economy. The forum explores topics that address the value and opportunity of using a science-based approach to inform and guide business and investment decisions.

Time Event
8:00–8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:30–8:40 a.m. Introductions

Peter deMenocal, Thomas Alva Edison/Con Edison Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences;
and Director, Center for Climate and Life, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory;
Dean of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

8:40–9:30 a.m. What are the effects of climate change?

Robin Bell, Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor, Marine Geology and Geophysics,
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; President American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Marco Tedesco, Lamont Research Professor, Marine Geology and Geophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

9:30–10:20 a.m. What are the effects of sea level rise on specific locations?

Geoffrey Heal, Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise; Columbia Business School

Radley Horton, Lamont Associate Research Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor of Ecology,
Evolution and Environmental Biology, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christopher Mayer, Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate, Columbia Business School

10:20–11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00–11:50 a.m. What are the effects of storm surges and extreme climate on coastal property?
11:50 a.m.–12:50 p.m. Real Estate Panel Discussion
12:50–1:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Bruce Usher, Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director;
Co-Director of The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise Columbia Business School

Participants will include leaders from the investment community, a range of business sectors, and academia. This event is invitation only, and tickets are non-transferable. Space is limited to 100 participants. If you are interested in being added to the invitation list, please contact

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