Sea level rise urgently requires new forms of decision making

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Sea level rise urgently requires new forms of decision making

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:38 am

Sea level rise urgently requires new forms of decision making

Date: March 6, 2018

Source: Lund University

Summary: US cities facing sea level rise need to look beyond traditional strategies for managing issues such as critical erosion and coastal squeeze, according to new research. Civil society initiatives must now play a crucial role in adapting society to climate change, the study argues.
US cities facing sea level rise need to look beyond traditional strategies for managing issues such as critical erosion and coastal squeeze, according to new research from Lund University. Civil society initiatives must now play a crucial role in adapting society to climate change, the study argues.

Using the City of Flagler Beach in Florida as a case study, researcher Chad Boda illustrates that the traditional options put forward to address erosion and sea level rise affecting the city's beach and coastal infrastructure either take a market-driven approach which fails to take into account many environmental and social considerations, or are currently too politically contentious to implement.

The three options that have been considered in Flagler Beach are: constructing a sea wall, beach re-nourishment, or relocation of coastal infrastructure.

The sea wall option, long promoted by the Florida Department of Transportation, would protect vulnerable coastal infrastructure but would damage the local beach environment, which is central to the city's tourism economy. The sea wall would also affect the nesting habitat of federally protected endangered sea turtles, the study shows.

The beach re-nourishment option, meanwhile, proposed by the federal agency United States Army Corps of Engineers, has the potential to provide incidental environmental benefits, but is primarily concerned with maximizing return on investment. This option was later abandoned after Hurricane Matthew, that struck in October 2016, wrought such extensive damage to the coastal environment that it was deemed no longer economically justified to proceed with the project.
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Re: Sea level rise urgently requires new forms of decision making

Post by JO 753 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:26 pm

The human rase iz acting like a jiant brainless ameoba engulfing the planet. Our goverments arent very effectiv at co-ordinating co-operation on a global level. It will probably require AI or alien intervention to get our numberz back down to a sustainable level.

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Re: Sea level rise urgently requires new forms of decision making

Post by ElectricMonk » Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:07 pm

I have little faith that people will have the foresight to abandon coastal properties that will predictably go under. A prime example is the town of Centralia PA, which for the last 50 years had a coal-mine fire burning under it, yet people had to be forced to leave it and some are still staying in their houses.
Here is a very politically incorrect podcast on the subject:

http://citationpod.com/episode-008-centralia-pa/

Similarly, people return to their washed-away beach properties time and again. Untold sums will be spend to proof Manhattan against rising sea levels even when it will become obvious that the places will have to be abandoned - no wonder Jared can't sell his 666/5th Avenue property: it will soon be partially under water in more than the financial sense.