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Ben Strauss

Ben Strauss


Dr. Ben Strauss serves as Vice President for Climate Impacts and Director of the Program on Sea Level Rise at Climate Central. He has published multiple scientific papers on sea level rise, testified before the U.S. Senate, authored the Surging Seas report, and led development of the SurgingSeas.org coastal flood risk tool, leading to front-page coverage in the New York Times and Washington Post, appearances on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and NPR national programming, and extensive coverage nationwide, from AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, USA Today and the LA Times, to many hundreds of local news outlets, to numerous editorials and op eds.

In earlier roles at Climate Central, Dr. Strauss served as interim Executive Director for one year, COO, Associate Director and staff scientist. A founding board member of Grist.org, he previously helped launch the Environmental Leadership Program. Prior to that, Dr. Strauss worked for Abt Associates, co-organized the Campus Earth Summit, and authored a report on college environmental education and practices for the Nathan Cummings Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, an M.S. in Zoology from the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Biology from Yale University.

Selected Publications

Strauss B H (2013) Rapid accumulation of committed sea-level rise from global warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. (PNAS Online link)

Strauss B H, Ziemlinski R, Weiss J L, and Overpeck J T 2012. Tidally adjusted estimates of topographic vulnerability to sea level rise and flooding for the contiguous United States. Environmental Research Letters.

Tebaldi C, Strauss B H and Zervas C E 2012. Modelling sea level rise impacts on storm surges along US coasts. Environmental Research Letters.

Weiss, J.L., J.T. Overpeck, and B. Strauss. 2011. Implications of recent sea level rise science for low-elevation areas in coastal cities of the conterminous U.S.A. Climatic Change 105: 635-645.

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What Does U.S. Look Like With 10 Feet of Sea Level Rise?

What Does U.S. Look Like With 10 Feet of Sea Level Rise?

New research indicates that climate change has already triggered an unstoppable decay of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The projected decay will lead to at least 4 feet of accelerating global sea level rise within the next two-plus centuries, and at least 10 feet of rise in the end. What does the U.S. look like with an ocean that is 10 feet higher? … Read More