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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Virginia Beach And Climate Change

Miami had Andrew.

New Orleans had Katrina.

New York had Sandy.

Virginia Beach has yet to experience a natural disaster on that scale.

But it almost certainly doesn't have long before it will.

NOAA has just released a supplemental report to its National Climate Assessment that focuses on the threats America's coastlines face.

The report includes the following chart, created by Arizona geosciences professor Jeremy Weiss, showing which of America's largest cities have the greatest percentage of area below sea level. When a storm surge from a hurricane hits, it raises the sea level, and those low lying areas are inundated with water.
Virginia Beach is third on the list, after New Orleans and Miami:

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