sea level rise on coastal north carolina
Some great information about where the state of North Carolina stands on sea level rise in this article from the Raleigh News and Observer.
In 2012 the NC State Legislature rejected the findings of its own blue-ribbon panel of experts when they predicted a 39″ sea level rise by 2100. The law prohibited the use of the term “sea level rise” in state planning documents, and disavowed the statistical information included in the report. The law, as written, provides for a follow-up study to be completed by 2016.
“‘Sea-level rise is pretty gentle, and it’s slow,’ Riggs said. “The drivers of this system are storms. If sea level is rising and we don’t have storms, it’s going to go gently. But we do have storms.”
There’s not much dispute these days, up and down the coast, about whether the ocean is rising. The question is: How high will it go here, and how fast?
North Carolinians must wait until 2016 for an official answer. That’s the law.”