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
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…
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…
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.