A New Report Lays Bare the Effects of Climate Change on the N.C. Coast

Aerial pictures of North Carolina’s coast, after superstorm Sandy devastated the area. Photo courtesy of: © Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) / WCU


The data are in, and the numbers are unequivocal.

After all the tumult, after the industry-fostered head-in-sand denialism, after the legislative tinkering to obfuscate the emerging reality, the truth—the science—remains the same: The coast of North Carolina, and especially the northern part of the Outer Banks, is sinking into the sea…

Read Full Article, IndyWeek

Watching The Rising Tides Along North Carolina’s Coast, (11-15-2013)
Professor Robert Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines and a professor of coastal geology at Western Carolina University, with North Carolina Public Radio host Frank Stasio, discussing the consequences of climate change and how rising sea levels have a strong effect on the beaches of North Carolina…

“North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving,” A Video featuring Orrin Pilkey, PhD
World famous coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey takes us to the beach and explains why erosion has become a problem…

Sandbagged: The Undoing of a Quarter Century of North Carolina Coastal Conservation, Op Ed by Gary Lazorick (07-04-2011)
Rows of houses with overlapping sandbag walls create huge problems. The walls do as much damage to the beach as hardened seawalls. Removing the sandbags from one property potentially damages all of the others…

Denying Sea-Level Rise: How 100 Centimeters Divided The State of North Carolina, By Alexander Glass and Orrin Pilkey (04-23-2013)

Sea Level Rise Accelerating In U.S. Atlantic Coast, USGS (06-25-2012)

NOAA Establishes Tipping Points for Sea Level Rise Related Flooding, NOAA (12-18-2014)
By 2050, a majority of U.S. coastal areas are likely to be threatened by 30 or more days of flooding each year due to dramatically accelerating impacts from sea level rise, according to a new NOAA study…

Reuters’ Water’s Edge Report – Part I And Part II (09-19-2014)

North Carolina Should Move With Nature on Coast, News Observer (01-05-2015)

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