Larson Ice Shelf

Jul 26, 2009
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4 inches of sea level rise... Doesn't sound like much but that could overwhelm areas where tidal flooding is already a problem.And I'm not only talking about sparsely populated Pacific islands, places like NYC, Miami, London, etc. are going to have real issues with their flood control systems with a rapid increase like this.
 
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Oct 25, 2012
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Louisville, Ky
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4 inches of sea level rise... Doesn't sound like much but that could overwhelm areas where tidal flooding is already a problem.And I'm not only talking about sparsely populated Pacific islands, places like NYC, Miami, London, etc. are going to have real issues with their flood control systems with a rapid increase like this.
People also neglect to consider what small rises in sea level will mean in storm surge situations. Often, therein lies the difference between life and death, destruction and damage, rebuild or run.
 
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Jul 26, 2009
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People also neglect to consider what small rises in sea level will mean in storm surge situations. Often, therein lies the difference between life and death, destruction and damage, rebuild or run.
I remember during Irma the seawall at South Beach was just shy of getting overtopped. Sea level being another 4 inches higher and you'd have ankle deep (disregarding waves and rain) water rushing thru city streets and flooding the ground floor of every building within 5 blocks of the coast. That'd been millions in damages and at least 2 months of lost tourism.
 
Oct 25, 2012
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I remember during Irma the seawall at South Beach was just shy of getting overtopped. Sea level being another 4 inches higher and you'd have ankle deep (disregarding waves and rain) water rushing thru city streets and flooding the ground floor of every building within 5 blocks of the coast. That'd been millions in damages and at least 2 months of lost tourism.
Florida has already started raising entire cities by as much as a couple feet, that will be in vain. NY and NJ cannot be lifted and much of the East Coast could be inundated even without a storm. When you do get a big one, the only question will be if you rebuild it.
 
Jul 26, 2009
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Florida has already started raising entire cities by as much as a couple feet, that will be in vain. NY and NJ cannot be lifted and much of the East Coast could be inundated even without a storm. When you do get a big one, the only question will be if you rebuild it.
I'm aware. Any time a new/full moon comes along, Miami goes the way of Atlantis come high tide. Another 4 inches in the 2 or so years it'll take all this ice to melt and normal high tides will become an issue. Projections say that in 50 years tidal flooding will bring the ocean as far as MIA. Do you know what's west of MIA? The Everglades. That means the whole city will be under water... If sea level rises several inches at a time, there's no way we're going to be able to keep up.
 
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