The Crystal Ball of King Tides: Predicting how cities will respond to climate change
Do you think that climate change will personally harm you?
The Yale Program on Climate Communication recently asked this question of people across the United States. It turns out that where you live makes a difference. In some coastal communities, sea level rise has already started to creep into daily life, showing up a few times a year in astronomical high tides, or “king tides.” Not surprisingly, places like Miami Beach, Florida, Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Norfolk, Virginia, where tidal flooding has become more than a nuisance, a higher share of people believe that climate change will harm them personally. The ways in which these places are responding to their tidal flooding problems hint at the options that many more coastal communities will take as sea levels rise.
Carolina Angles editorial board member Amanda Martin talks about ways cities are responding to climate change and rising water levels -- read more @
About the Author: Amanda Martin, AICP, is a PhD student at UNC Chapel Hill. Originally from Boston, she has worked in policy and planning in Washington, D.C., northern Nevada, New Orleans, and Rhode Island. Amanda’s doctoral research explores how regions or neighborhoods that receive major private or public investment can share that prosperity with low-income communities and communities of color. Her dissertation will answer this question in the context of coastal communities’ recovery from major storms. Amanda holds degrees from Harvard and MIT, and you can follow her tweets on these topics @bornonland