Boston prepares for flooding—sea level rise & hurricanes

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Boston prepares for flooding—sea level rise & hurricanes

Postby HBS Guy » 27 Oct 2017, 08:06

Hurricane Sandy showed that the North Atlantic is warm enough to maintain hurricanes moving north along the US east coast. The land there is sinking (due to isostatic adjustments to missing ice sheets) and the sea level is rising more quickly than elsewhere. A storm hitting at a high tide that is higher than it used to be could cause huge problems to cities, agriculture and infrastructure along that coast.

A lot of Boston’s downtown is built on tidal flats and gets floods even without recent sea level rise so a Hurricane Sandy style storm off the coast of Boston will cause hugely destructive floods.

Boston is contemplating a multi billion dollar sea wall to protect against extreme floods but will it go ahead and will it work?

https://ensia.com/features/boston-adaptation/
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Re: Boston prepares for flooding—sea level rise & hurricanes

Postby pinkeye » 28 Oct 2017, 02:25

Bandaid measures. Truly..?? All cities on riverine, estuarine or tidal affected land should be shut down and moved. All around the world, around the world... Millions of people and their families are waiting to drown. They just haven't realised it yet.
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Re: Boston prepares for flooding—sea level rise & hurricanes

Postby HBS Guy » 28 Oct 2017, 08:48

Yeah, have the time but sea level rise is inevitable. Also—warmer seas nourish hurricanes moving far out of tropical waters—that is the lesson from Hurrican Sandy.
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