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The conference will serve as a basis for a new assessment of the state-of-the-art on regional sea level research that will be an important input to the next IPCC assessment.

A major outcome from the conference will therefore be an evaluation of the current state of sea level science, an outline of future research requirements for improving our understanding of sea level rise and variability and a description of the observational requirements (both experimental and sustained systematic observations).

 In detail the conference will:

  1. Identify the key factors contributing to past, present and future regional sea level rise and variability.
  2. Organize a systematic attack on the error budget of these factors.
  3. Identify stakeholder needs for sea-level information for coastal planning and management purposes.
  4. Define the requirements for new and augmented research, technical development and observations consistent with the above.

The outcomes will be published in multiple forms, including an agenda setting peer-reviewed paper specifying the information on coastal seal level change required by coastal communities for adaptation and decision making purposes.