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In episode 52 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with demographer Dr. Matt Hauer from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.  Doug and Matt discuss his research paper on the role of future sea level rise on future migration within the United States. Matt explains the origins of the paper and how the popular media responded to his provocative conclusions – up to 13 million coastal residents may be displaced by the end of the century.

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In this Episode:

DEMOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE CHANGE – Matt discussed his background in demography at the University of Georgia and the origins of his research paper on sea level rise and its role in coastal migration.

HOW HIGH? – Matt explains the process of selecting certain sea level rise projections for his landmark paper.  Doug and Matt explore some of the controversy of his SLR projections.

THE MEDIA RESPONDS – Matt shares the challenges and excitement of a paper that receives widespread media attention.  Matt shares some thoughts for a follow up research paper.

ACUTE VS CHRONIC – Can hurricane serve as a real time lesson on the impacts of coastal inundation? Matt explains the differences between ‘acute’ climatic events like hurricanes versus “chronic” climate events like sea level rise.

RELEVANCE – Matt explains how the implications of his paper can inform long term decision making today.  Planners and elected officials can use these projections on long term planning decisions.

GATORS VS SEMINOLES – Doug, who attended UF, explains to Florida State graduate Matt, that the Gators are generally a superior football team.

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