Posted on September 29, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Tropical Storm Joaquin is a potential threat to the Eastern Seaboard, although there is still a lot of uncertainty about the storm’s exact track, according to the National Hurricane Center.
‘A storm that occurred once in seven generations is now occurring twice in a generation …’
As Hurricane Joaquin winds up, potentially taking aim at the Eastern Seaboard, researchers are warning that the flood risk in New York City and New Jersey has grown considerably in the last 1,000 years.
When the climate researchers compared both sea-level rise rates and storm surge heights in prehistoric and modern eras, they found that the combined increases of each have raised the likelihood of a devastating 500-year flood occurring as often as every 25 years. Continue reading
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Posted on January 29, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
New report recommends bolstering natural defenses, better long-range planning for coastal communities
Rising sea levels are already eating away at Florida beaches, requiring expensive augmentation projects. Bob Berwyn photo.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Along with obvious threats like flooding, rising sea level is likely to affect the U.S. in more unexpected ways, including a decline in seafood quality and shifts in disease patterns, according to a new technical report released this week by the U.S. Geological Survey and NOAA.
The report emphasizes the need for increased coordination and planning to ensure U.S. coastal communities are resilient against the effects of climate change. Sea level rise and increases in extreme weather threaten the the sustainability of many existing coastal communities and natural resources, according to USGS researcher Virginia Burkett.
“An increase in the intensity of extreme weather events such as storms like Sandy and Katrina, coupled with sea-level rise and the effects of increased human development along the coasts, could affect the sustainability of many existing coastal communities and natural resources,” said Virginia Burkett of the U.S. Geological Survey and co-lead author of the report. Continue reading
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