U.S. Cities Lag in Race against Rising Seas

Severe coastal erosion, California. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


In just a few decades, most U.S. coastal regions are likely to experience at least 30 days of nuisance flooding every year.

“A number of communities realize they’re losing land,” said Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, adding that in some ways “nuisance” flooding might be to thank for continuing to keep the rising sea levels conversation open…

Read Full Article, Scientific American

Sea Level Rising Faster Than Previously Thought, AP / ABC News (01-16-2015)

‘Nuisance Flooding’ An Increasing Problem As Coastal Sea Levels Rise, NOAA (07-28-2014)
A NOAA study looks at more than 60 years of coastal water level and local elevation data changes. Eight of the top 10 U.S. cities that have seen an increase in so-called “nuisance flooding”…

Walls Around our Coastal Cities? By Gary Griggs

City of Santa Barbara Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment: A summary Report, By Gary Griggs

From Coast To Coast, Vanity Fair (07-23-2013)
At opposite ends of the country, two of America’s most golden coastal enclaves are waging the same desperate battle against erosion…

A Tale of Two Cities: Miami, New York and Life on the Edge, Climate Central (08-22-2014)
Walking along the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale and admiring the 60-foot yachts docked alongside impressive homes, it’s hard to imagine that this city could suffer the same financial fate as Detroit…

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