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How can we adapt to climate change?

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20 May 2019




21:00 (more or less) 

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Den Bengel

Grote Markt 5, 2000 Antwerpen






It’s a changing world, and a lot of that is down to us, the humble homo sapiens. Our researchers will tell you how we can protect our coasts against flooding and how declining hippo populations are affecting the functioning of African lake systems and coastal areas. It’s not the end of the world as we know it - we’ve hopefully got some solutions!

Sand castles on the beach as a smart adaptation to rising sea levels

Sebastian Dan

Departement Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken, Vlaamse overheid

Climate change will result in accelerated sea level rises worldwide and the first to be affected will be the coasts, which are home to the majority of the Earth’s population. We are working on developing new ways of safeguarding against coastal flooding, to develop a ‘healthier’ and more sustainable coast that is biodiverse and supports socio-economic activities. How will we do this? Come and find out.

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Hippos: the healthy river engineers

Jonas Schoelynck & Eric Struyf

University of Antwerp, Faculty of Sciences

There is more to global change than climate change. Humans are interfering with the environment in many ways: e.g. over-fertilisation and eutrophication, hunting, biodiversity loss, river embankment or habitat fragmentation. We will show you how all these aspects come together in a new study that shows that declining hippo populations have had strong effects on the functioning of African lake systems and coastal areas. You will never look at hippos again with the same eyes!

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