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Water World: Sea Level Rise, Coastal Floods and Storm Surges

Editors' Vox—

The coastal land margin of the United States has seen numerous extreme events of historical proportions in just the first two decades of the 21st century. An incomplete list includes Hurricanes Charley and Ivan in 2004, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in 2005, Ike (2008), Irene (2011) and Sandy (2012), the Louisiana Flood of August 2016, and now Harvey and Irma in 2017.

Common to all is the juxtaposition of resulting floods with displaced people and damaged infrastructure. These seminal disasters will exceed $500 billion in damages, and cumulative loss of lives and suffering are devastating. However, it is possible that these tragedies can serve as Sirens for planning our future....more


Press conference from AGU Fall Meeting 2016 by Scott Hagen and Davina Passeri—

Nearly a quarter of the world’s population lives within 100 kilometers of a shoreline and within 100 meters of sea level elevation. From nuisance flooding to storm surge inundation, climate change and sea level rise are already impacting communities around the world. Coastal scientists and engineers will present insight into these phenomena as well as a new assessment of the future flood plain for the northern Gulf of Mexico. Their findings are based on sea level rise projections for the U.S. National Climate Assessment for the year 2100 and the climate change scenario-driven dynamic models they have developed. More

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