But you don’t want a knee-jerk reaction because these things are cyclical. What if in the next 28 centuries the sea recedes. Then where are we if all those beach properties are devalued? Won’t somebody think of the property barons?
The increasingly routine tidal flooding is making life miserable in places like Miami Beach; Charleston, S.C.; and Norfolk, Va., even on sunny days.
I’ve written about Miami’s days being numbered and the costly flooding damage happening to coastal towns up and down the East Coast that has nothing to do with storms. Especially the rising salt water winding through the Swiss cheese that is Floridian land. I imagine it’s just a matter of time before the water tables are contaminated by salt water, then you have real problems.
But when you do have storms, you have serious flooding that didn’t used to happen.
In a report issued to accompany that scientific paper, a climate research and communications organization in Princeton, N.J., Climate Central, used the new findings to calculate that roughly three-quarters of the tidal flood days now occurring in towns along the East Coast would not be happening in the absence of the rise in the sea level caused by human emissions.
How did they figure this out? It’s a geological detective story. Done by Rutgers scientists, examining core samples from the salt marshes in South Jersey and other places.
The scientists drilled for sediment cores along the Atlantic coast of North America, including at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, north of Atlantic City. They analyzed other sediment data from such diverse sources as corals in the South Pacific and mangroves in Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean.