Sailboat marooned on top of dock in oriental after Hurricane Florence

Which areas are at risk in north carolina from ocean rise

87 / 100

This paddle board and accessories are quite useful not only by the fact it has a broad base for stability but you can squeeze it into a Prius. 10′ is a longboard to manipulate.

This elaborate ecosystem challenges understanding the potential impact of major storms and hurricanes, which scientists believe will become more destructive as climate change warms the Atlantic Ocean. The maze of land and water makes it difficult to gauge where and how high water will crest, factors that are important for officials as they plan evacuations and position first responders as a storm approaches.

It’s a challenge that Rick Luettich, director of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences and the Center for Natural Hazards Resilience, has spent 30 years trying to solve. Luettich is co-creator of the ADvanced CIRCulation model, known as ADCIRC, a forecasting tool that analyzes factors such as tides, wind, topography, and vegetation to map storm surge and flooding threats.

“One of the hazards of the last two decades that has been constantly in the news is people being flooded,” Luettich said. “If you don’t have enough water, it’s problematic. But if you have too much of it, it’s every bit as problematic — maybe even more so.”

Carolina’s Evolving Work in Flood Resilience

Experts are integrating social and natural sciences, engineering, economics, and planning to advance decision-making around flooding.

Flooded New Bern, NC
Resilience, Not Reaction
“It is more effective to fund resilience strategies than it is to rebuild after damage occurs,” said Piehler, who is leading a $2 million research study.
Dr. Characklis teaching students

Similar Posts