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Retreat from a Rising SeaHard Choices in an Age of Climate Change$
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Orrin H. Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, and Keith C. Pilkey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168441

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168441.001.0001

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New and Old Amsterdam

New and Old Amsterdam

New York City and the Netherlands

(p.51) 4 New and Old Amsterdam
Retreat from a Rising Sea

Orrin H. Pilkey

Linda Pilkey-Jarvis

Keith C. Pilkey

Columbia University Press

New York and The Netherlands are two locations where genuine planning for sea-level rise is going on. Holland leads the world in preparation for sea-level rise, partly because it has no choice. The entire country is on a low-lying delta highly vulnerable to sea level change. In all construction projects in the country, sea-level rise is considered. New York is not nearly so far along, but Hurricane Sandy was a huge lesson and for the first time in the U.S. history of hurricane response, much debate occurred concerning the future response, and some major steps such as purchasing of some destroyed or highly threatened property occurred. In New York, it was recognized that Hurricane Sandy will occur again, with or without sea-level rise, and that low-elevation buildings must be prepared, e.g., moving of generators from the basement to the 10th floor.

Keywords:   New Amsterdam, New York, response of cities

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