Rising sea levels threaten beaches - and the ecosystems, economies and lifestyles that rely on healthy coastlines. In an era of climate change, it's harder than ever to balance people's desire to enjoy beaches today with the planet's need to preserve beaches for tomorrow. This tension is sparking nasty political fights. It's birthing new methods of quantifying the economic value of nature. And it's forcing very touch choices.

Speakers: Ashley Erickson, Researcher, Center for Oceans Solutions and Dan Reineman, PhD Student, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER)

The talk is part of the Roble Living Laboratory for Sustainability at Stanford (ROLLSS), Roble's new sustainability inititative.  The Hard Earth series, which will run through the 2016-2017 academic year, gives Stanford graduate students researching vexing areas of sustainability a platorm to share their work with undergraduates.  The series is generously supported by Stanford's Office of the Vice Provost of Graduate Education.