By Bob Freitag, Director at the Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research, Affiliate Faculty at the University of Washington
with Katherine Faulkner and Mercedes Stroeve
It’s mid-century, and a coastal neighborhood is responding to rising seas: some have elevated their homes on piles, others have put floats under their houses. Docks connect these structures to the shore. And, wave buffering devices have been placed along the shore. Another story for this community could have been that homes were removed and shore lands rehabilitated— development rights could have been purchased or transferred to a designated growth area.
These stories put a face on the future, and they helped discover additional ways to reduce expected risks.
By Lili Bastian, Marine Policy Fellow at WA Department of Ecology
King Tide season isn’t here yet, but this weekend should provide an early opportunity to witness some exceptionally high tides along the coast. In fact, the coming storm could bring some of the highest tides of the year— and show us what to expect from future rising seas.
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