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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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Drowning in Place

Drowning in Place

Infrastructure and Landmarks in the Age of Sea-Level Rise

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Retreat from a Rising Sea

Orrin H. Pilkey

Linda Pilkey-Jarvis

Keith C. Pilkey

Columbia University Press

A wide variety of low-elevation and near-shoreline infrastructure and buildings of all kinds is at great danger of destruction by sea-level rise. Particular problems are toxic waste sites, landfills, and sewer plants which must be moved as sea level rises. Nuclear power plants which require water for cooling are frequently at low elevations. Overall the potential for pollution of nearshire water in a rising sea is immense. Rising seas also will cause salinization of agricultural soil which is already occurring along bays such as Delaware and the Chesapeake. In addition, coastal roads and accompanying water, sewer, and power lines are already frequently destroyed in storms (Outer Banks of North Carolina). Military installations are at risk, for example, the largest naval facility in the U.S. is in Norfolk, Virginia, where the sea-level rise is particularly rapid because of land subsidence.

Keywords:   lighthouses, NASA, power plants, sewage plants, living shorelines

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