Initiatives to protect US coastlines from storms under way

NJ beach nourishment project. Credit: Scott Berman

Devastating coastal storms, climate change, rises in sea level, and the intensifying risks these factors pose to coastal regions of the United States are driving comprehensive studies about how to respond

Initiatives currently under way in two very different environments – the New York City metropolitan area that wash it hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Houston-Galveston region on the Texas Gulf Coast – are cases in point for how devastating coastal storms and sea level rise are driving change to respond to such events. Coastal engineering solutions, possibly on titanic scales, are being discussed.

A part of the ongoing initiatives is the US Army Corps of Engineers’ USD19.4million New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study(HATS).

The goal of HATS is to “investigate measures to manage future flood risks in ways that support the long-term resilience and sustainability of the coastal ecosystem and surrounding communities, and reduce the economic costs associated with flood and storm events,” corps’ New York district spokespersons Michael Embrich, who is teamed with Olivia Cackler, said.

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