July 27, 2012.
Higher Sea Level Will Intensify Storm Damage
. Over the coming century sea level is predicted to rise anywhere from 1.5 feet to 4 feet as a result of climate change, according to Rutgers professor and CECI Director Tony Broccoli
. The degree to which the ocean rises by the end of the century depends on several factors, including how rapidly ice melts in Greenland and Antarctica, whether greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and whether the land is sinking or rising in particular areas. A higher sea level, coupled with the increasing probability of stronger storms as a result of climate change, is predicted to have a major impact on New Jersey. The state can expect more frequent and extensive storm surges, with the potential to cause major damage to developed areas along the coast.