Shoring Up the Nation’s Crumbling Coastlines

NC coast. Crews digging a trench to connect sandbgs in Uncle Jimmys Landing, North Carolina, US, using an HTC6435LVW. Photo source: ©© NCDOTcommunications


Hurricane Sandy pummeled the beaches of the Northeast, stripping away sand and dunes, and ploughing through seawalls. Can beaches be rebuilt to face fiercer storms and rising seas? And is there even enough sand to do it? Ira Flatow and guests discuss engineering the nation’s coasts for “the new normal.”…

Produced by Christopher Intagliata, Associate Senior Producer.

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Sand hauling for dune construction is complete. Minor grading on the top of the dune remains. Shaping shoulders and equipment demobilization will be completed on or by Fri Jan 25, 2013. Captions and Photo source: ©© NCDOTcommunications

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