We Are Merely Pulling Up Our Pants!

Opinion piece by Robert Young, October 31, 2013 that originally appeared on Yale University’s Environment 360 website.

To paraphrase Robert Young, Director of the Program for Study of Developed Shorelines, we are merely pulling up our pants in response to sea level rise, not getting out of the rising water’s way.  One year after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the U.S. East Coast, the government is spending billions to replenish beaches that will only be swallowed again by rising seas and future storms. It’s time to develop coastal policies that take into account new climate realities.

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Editorial – Press of AC, Sandy’s Lesson’s Painful & Difficult

Editorial from the Press of Atlantic City, originally printed on Monday, October 28, 2013. Hurricane Sandy taught us all many lessons. But now, a year later, as an estimated 26,000 New Jersey residents remain out of their homes and as complaints grow about the maddeningly slow pace of many recovery programs, Professor Seneca’s lesson is one of the more important ones to keep in mind.

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Dutch Team Helping Rebuild By Design

Raritan Bayshore – September 20, 2013 – Asbury Park Press Article by Ken Serrano

Henk Ovink knows something about how to keep the ocean at bay.

Hailing from the Netherlands, which started flood planning some 800 years ago, he served as the second in charge of a department in the Dutch government that deals with planning and water.

Now on loan to the U.S. government, Ovink arrived on the Bayshore Thursday with teams of engineers, architects, planners and scientists to learn how the locals live and to come up with better ideas to combat hurricanes and flooding.

“You’re facing something we’ve been facing for ages,” he said.

Ovink is heading Rebuild by Design, a federally funded program that has 10 transnational teams working on ways to shore up areas at risk from extreme weather. Watch the video above to learn more about the program. Full article here.