Why chronic floods are coming to New Jersey

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  • Published on:  Saturday, June 2, 2018
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    Scientists have directly observed sea level rise since the late 18th century. And as they forecast the next 20, 50, and 100 years, sea level rise will continue to accelerate at an alarming rate. That rise won’t just threaten homeowners on the coast -- it will also impact the critical infrastructure that supports many of our largest cities.

    While sea level rise is often phrased as an issue of concern in the future, we can already see some of the implications. Many coastal communities have witnessed a sharp uptick in flooding, during lunar king tide periods. Other places are forced to consider what life might be like as the land they currently occupy goes underwater.

    For further reading on this subject, I recommend starting here:

    Regional Plan Association ‘Under Water’ and 4th Plan reports for residents of the greater New York City metro area:
    http://library.rpa.org/pdf/RPA-Under-Water-How-Sea-Level-Rise-Threatens-the-Tri-State-Region.pdf
    http://fourthplan.org

    Sea Level Rise in New Jersey fact sheet from professors Kenneth Miller & Robert Kopp of Rutgers University
    https://geology.rutgers.edu/images/stories/faculty/miller_kenneth_g/Sealevelfactsheet7112014update.pdf

    NOAA / NOS’s report on high tide flooding
    https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/publications/techrpt86_PaP_of_HTFlooding.pdf
    https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/nuisance-flooding.html

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  • Vox  (Jun 4, 2018)

    Some annotations that might be interesting for the curious:Early in the video I mentioned that New Jersey is sinking. There's a whole lot more on that point. You can hear from an array of Rutgers University professors on the issue in this fantastic documentary produced by the university in 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7YJgsliy1gI also mention the Hudson River Tunnel in passing. Regional Plan Association produced this great explainer video detailing the vulnerabilities facing the entire N...

  • hidden KARD  (Jul 7, 2018)

    Vox Bs to rising seas and global warming. Fake news brainwashed sheep!

  • hidden KARD  (Jul 7, 2018)

    Vox Fake News!! GO Trump!

  • James Tang  (Jun 2, 2018)

    Time to hire the Dutch. They've been fighting the sea for 800 years and are still winning.

  • Luca D³ren  (Aug 28, 2018)

    sounds like a pretty good deal

  • Luca D³ren  (Aug 28, 2018)

    we did. we turned the entirety of north Holland from swamps and puddles to dry, farmable land

  • Lashan  (Jun 2, 2018)

    The thought of being stuck on a train and waiting for high tide to go out before continuing is a powerful mental image. They should start using that in advertising campaigns.

  • Affix Music  (Jun 5, 2018)

    Lashan just get the hyperloop

  • Frazier Spann  (Jun 4, 2018)

    Lashan

  • BEARD GANG!!  (Jun 3, 2018)

    But America doesn't care about global warming, so why should we care about their land being flooded? 😊

  • Liz  (Aug 29, 2018)

    Cobi Lancaster Honestly, I don’t care if Cobi gets flooded.

  • ElyssaAnderson  (Jun 2, 2018)

    Anyone wanna go splitsies on a houseboat? In a few years, we can probably go sailing around Vermont 😉

  • Royce551  (Jul 10, 2018)

    Baron von Quiply I’m up for it!

  • Ishkoyan  (Jun 2, 2018)

    Let's build a bunch of flood walls and make the ocean pay for it.

  • LMAO: you have won the internet for today.

  • Evan Xu It's a joke you idiot.

  • Justin Y.  (Jun 2, 2018)

    Global warming

  • Guarionex Batista  (Jun 3, 2018)

    But it's cold outside.

  • xchopp  (Jun 3, 2018)

    David Lafleche: look up Tu quoque fallacy.

  • nike.cuzzo  (Jun 2, 2018)

    Imagine living in New Jersey, waking up, opening YouTube and seeing this at the top of your sub box.My day is already ruined.

  • Jarrod Keiser  (Sep 2, 2018)

    We already knew lol

  • Rob Fowler  (Jul 5, 2018)

    Imagine you wanted to scare the most people you could, take something that's been happening for centuries to the entire coast and make it about the most densly populated city for 1000 miles. It's no coincidence that this story is all about NYC in spite of the fact that small occasional issues with flooding are ever present with every coastal community. Scared yet???

  • Richard Lazarus  (Jun 2, 2018)

    Why are we still worrying about this?! I thought that by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement this problem would magically go away.

  • I want to see video of Christ Christie floating out to sea.

  • thevioletskull  (Jun 2, 2018)

    Welp

  • Katie Hadfield  (Jun 2, 2018)

    And yet the president refuses to even acknowledge that climate change is real...

  • Chris Hartley  (Jun 8, 2018)

    When Mar-a-Lago floods Trump will claim its the most unprecidented witch hunt in history and also fake news.His supporters will flood YouTube and elsewhere saying its all the fault of Hillary Clinton and George Soros.