Los Angeles — Peter Wijsman, ARCADIS's program manager for water management, will participate in a panel discussion about rising sea levels at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. PST in the Billy Wilder Theater. Co-presented with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the panel is titled "Urban Adaptations for Rising Sea Levels" and is open to the public free of charge and will be webcast live online. It is part of an ongoing series titled The Next Wave: Quality, Quantity and Accessibility of Water in the 21st Century.

The panel will discuss how sea levels are expected to rise dramatically over the next 50 to 100 years, leaving coastal cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, London and Shanghai especially vulnerable. Along with Wijsman, the panel includes UC Berkley Professor of Landscape Architecture Kristina Hill and coastal geomorphologist Jeremy Lowe.

Wijsman, based out of ARCADIS' San Francisco office, works closely with a team of ARCADIS global experts in flood protection and climate adaptation for coastal and delta cities. Recent major coastal resiliency projects by ARCADIS include climate change adaptations, flood protection and waterfront development in New York and New Orleans.

Visit http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/03/urban-adaptations-for-rising-sea-levels for more information about this event and watch it live at http://new.livestream.com/accounts/5045103/sealevels.

Throughout 2015 the Hammer Museum and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability explore the most pressing issues surrounding the current and future state of water in a series of compelling programs.

ARCADIS recently published its inaugural Sustainable Cities Index which explores three key demands — social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Profit). This comprehensive survey ranks 50 of the world's leading cities based on 20 key indicators for long term sustainability. The study finds that the largest U.S. cities — New York, Los Angeles and Chicago — score best in economic factors but are hindered by flood protection requirements, poor transportation infrastructure, lack of green spaces and diminishing affordable housing. View the entire study at www.sustainablecitiesindex.com