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Superstorms Like Sandy Will Become the Norm, UConn Prof Says

That means shoreline residents in Connecticut may have to move or taxpayers will have to bear the cost of keeping them in their homes as sea levels rise.

As climate change continues to warm the earth, the rate of sea level rise is accelerating and more so-called "superstorms" like Sandy will occur, scientists are warning.

In Connecticut, that means shoreline communities will more often bear the brunt of these severe storms and may even have to move some of their denizens to protect against rising waters and life-threatening storm sturges, James O'Donnell, a professor of marine sciences at the University of Connecticut's  Avery Point campus told the Greenwich Times.

The situation could become a heated political one as shoreline towns seek more state and federal funding to protect coastal residences and businesses and those who live inland beging to balk at having to help pay those costs.

Just this week Congress approved $51 billion in aid for Hurricane Sandy victims. battering coastal communities and causing significant damage to the shorelines in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

After Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, O'Donnell said, he undertook a study of storm patterns "And what I found was that instead of getting a storm like Irene once every 20 years, it would be an annual event, more or less," he told the newspaper.

Connecticut has 618 miles of waterfront, including its coastline, inlets, sounds, islands and bays, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, stretching from Greenwich to Stonington. Some of that property is among the most valuable in the country.

O'Donnell said protecting those areas from rising waters and storms is possible, but costly.

"We can build wherever we want — it's a matter of money and environmental impact," he told the newspaper. "You'll have to weigh these costs and the benefits."

 

Al Gore January 31, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I think the good professor at U Conn has been drinking too much global warming Kool Aid spiked with rum........ It's amazing to watch the sycophants of global warming fall into lock-step without at least considering the most recant date available on Global Warming. Especially when the alarmist computer models have been proven wrong and solor activity has decreased. Coupled with the most recent data from NOAA and NASA indicating that atmospheric humidity is not increasing as fast as alarmist want the "uninformed" to believe and far more long wave radiation (ie; heat) escaped into space that the alarmist want people to believe. Recant data also collected by NASA has shown over the past 25 years carbon dioxide has indirectly and directly trapped far less heat than alarmist computer models have predicted. There is no consensus when it comes to global warming as alarmist boast, there is greater evidence now against GM then ever!
IRTURONG January 31, 2013 at 06:49 PM
just paranoia,dont prepare the govt.will take care of you,just dial 911
Sonny February 08, 2013 at 03:20 AM
A oak tree come from a nut.Planting these("nut's")would be a great way for convict's on trusted community service detail to get more oak tree's plant for future generation's to give off chorophyl.Pine&spruce tree's drop their sap to make sure nothing grow's around them.Far as being beneficial.I think ash & oak & white birch give back to the atmosphere.
Philip Dooley February 20, 2013 at 07:50 AM
Unfortunately for civilization, none of your claims prove correct when examined. Hansen's 1988 predictions were only 20% above the actual temperature rise http://www.skepticalscience.com/Hansen-1988-prediction-advanced.htm Lidzen's paper on IR radiation was shown to be based upon cherry picked data by 3 other peer reviewed papers published soon after. Even the deniers agree that AGW exists : http://www.skepticalscience.com/The_Greenhouse_Gas_Effect_All-Star_Fan_Club.html http://www.skepticalscience.com/settled-science-and-uncertainties.html Phil

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