Risk, Rising Seas And Regional Coastlines

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Hurricane Sandy damage at the Ocean City, Md., boardwalk.

Photo by Tom Nappi. Image used under Creative Commons from Flickr user MDGOVpics

Risk, Rising Seas And Regional Coastlines

How local beachfront communities are preparing for the worst, and whether those efforts are enough in an increasingly unpredictable climate.

As New York and New Jersey grapple with how best to protect themselves from future storms like Hurricane Sandy, cities like Norfolk, Va., and Ocean City, Md., are leading by example. Long subject to tidal and storm flooding, these local coastal communities are knee-deep in shoring up their defenses against rising sea levels. And in Ocean City, those efforts are paying off. Kojo explores how local beachfront communities are preparing for the worst, and whether those efforts are enough in an increasingly unpredictable climate.

Guests

Bryan Russo

Coastal Reporter, WAMU 88.5; Host, Coastal Connection, 88.3 (Ocean City)

Terry McGean

City Engineer, Ocean City, MD.

Carl Hershner

Director, Center for Coastal Resources Management at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

Ron Williams

Assistant City Manager, City of Norfolk, VA

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