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."



tom February 04, 2013 at 06:35 PM
We Have the finest minds, from the finest schools in our country running our government into the ground, and schools teaching our children to be useless sheep. In the last 30 years of my life I have seen a downward spiral of America created by these same elitists. Which has now given us this colossal mess... Omerica, BOTH institutions have been on a slash and burn campaign to destroy the public trust for years with their goofy warped philosophies. Between Al Gore and The UN's manipulative quest for the theft of the Old America's wealth, I find it amazing anybody would take any of this dribble seriously. If the oceans are rising why has the water level at my parents house on the LI sound gone unchanged for the last 40 years that I have been going to that property. I still fish off the same rock I did as a 10 year old kid. By this guys fear mongering that rock should be under water. TRUTH HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH AGENDA.


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