Fortress Charleston: Will Walling Off the City Hold Back the Waters?

Fortress Charleston: Will Walling Off the City Hold Back the Waters?


Shoreline Management Alternative: North Topsail Beach, North Carolina Case. Captions and Photo courtesy of: “the Western Carolina University Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines

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Officials in Charleston, South Carolina have endorsed a $2 billion plan to wall off the historic downtown from rising seas and surging storms. It is the latest in a growing number of extravagantly expensive seawalls and barriers being proposed to defend U.S. coastal cities…

Read Full Article, Yale E360 (05-05-2020)

Sea level rise study shows Charleston area one of the riskiest places to live in Southeast; The Post and Courrier (06-18-2018)

Sea level rise poses serious threat to Charleston; By Orrin H. Pilkey; Post And Courier (04-29-2017)
Rising seas are the first truly global environmental disaster related to climate change. Millions of people will be forced from their homes as the seas drown the atoll nations, devastate much of barrier-island and river-delta civilizations and, of course, invade the world’s coastal cities including Charleston…

When a City Stops Arguing About Climate Change and Starts Planning; Next City (11-07-2016)
Charleston, South Carolina, is adapting to a hotter, wetter and riskier future…

Charleston’s vulnerable future, through the eyes of an artist; By Celie Dailey; (11-01-2011)

Building sunken breakwaters off SC coast to halt beach erosion has unclear future; Post and Courier (03-19-2020)

Coastal Hazards & Targeted Acquisitions: A Reasonable Shoreline Management Alternative: North Topsail Beach, North Carolina Case Study; By the Western Carolina University Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines – July 1, 2019
This study is the first of several case studies to be released by the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines examining the feasibility and economics of targeted acquisition strategies in oceanfront, resort communities. Buyouts of vulnerable properties have become an increasingly popular tool for reducing future exposure in flood-prone communities across the U.S.

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