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Barrier islands are natural coast guards that absorb impacts from hurricanes and storms

When storms like Hurricane Michael make landfall, the first things they hit often are barrier islands – thin ribbons of sand that line the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It’s hard to imagine how these ... read more

What Venice Can Teach American Cities

Natural ... barrier islands prove that the theory underlying U.S. coastal-remediation plans is sound. Seawalls take the full thrust of tidal surges—they are sure to be overwhelmed or undermined in tim... read more

Holistic study of coastal ecosystem reveals rapid response to climate change

Study co-author Chris Hein, an assistant professor at VIMS, attributes the islands' changing shorelines to the action of coastal storms. "Hurricanes and nor'easters cause both beach erosion and barrie... read more

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As New Jersey’s flooding crisis intensifies, low-income people feel the worst impacts

Barrier islands like Absecon Island, upon which Atlantic City grew as a gaming and vacation mecca, line the East Coast, from New York to Florida, natural features ... of the upheaving effects of flood... read more

BP CEO Tours Beach; Coast Guard Head Defends Firm

Coast Guard ... natural barriers to flooding from hurricanes and other disasters — much like hurricanes Katrina and Rita washed away marshlands in 2005. State and federal officials spent millions rebu... read more

The science, skill – and luck – behind evacuation order calls

In the case of hurricanes, the harm is the storm surge – the rise ... Cooper did order a state mandatory evacuation for all barrier islands. While officials seek input from professionals based on scie... read more

New Report: Action Needed Now to Fix Climate Change Preparedness Deficit

Natural Defenses from Hurricanes ... storms and floods. Further reduce and eliminate federal subsidies that lead to more development on barrier islands. Ensure better protection of wetlands, intermitt... read more

A Cautionary Word on Sand Berms

The Coast Guard approved portions of the ... how hard it will be to create a lasting barrier, given the holes punched in the barrier-island chain by hurricanes like Katrina and Ike. Know that future s... read more

Rise in Sea Level Makes Hurricanes Worse

(TNS) - Lalo Ojeda has lived with hurricanes all his life. He was 14 when Hurricane Carla inundated Galveston Island in 1961 ... begins Thursday with more concern than usual. The retired Coast Guard e... read more

President Obama’s speech to the Coast Guard Academy graduates

Now, the Coast Guard ... the impacts of climate change, we have to help our bases and ports, as well. Not just with stronger seawalls and natural barriers, but with smarter, more resilient infrastruct... read more

The Latest: Florence now a Category 2 storm, still dangerous

The governor issued an evacuation order for the state's barrier islands, and local officials ... storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast." That's saying a lot, given the impacts from Hu... read more

Hurricane History Class: 10 lessons Tampa Bay can learn from 10 devastating storms

That is especially true when it comes to hurricanes. Lessons from past storms ... across the barrier island and destroyed more than half the homes there. Official estimates put the death toll at aroun... read more

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