November 24, 2012.
Rising Seas, Vanishing Coastlines. Rutgers professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences and CECI affiliate Robert Kopp
, co-authored an editorial in the New York Times detailing the hazards of sea level rise in the face of global warming. Hurricane Sandy is expected to be only a modest preview of the dangers to come. Multiple studies were released this summer indicating that sea level is expected to rise dramatically over the coming centuries, even if extreme cuts are made to greenhouse gas emissions. Those living near sea level are increasingly in danger of being flooded by storm surges from storms such as Sandy. In order to protect coastal communities we must pursue a strategy of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building resiliency and defenses, and retreating from certain high risk areas.