New Study: One Katrina-Like Storm Surge Every Other Year

A very well-written article outlining a very sobering report. We simply cannot wait any longer to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Climate change will become a runaway train too soon if we continue to place the abstract “economy” above the material and social needs of the planet.

The Green Word

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), a storm surge is an “abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tide”. (See image below)

In other words, the wind of a storm pushes the sea at a higher level than the normal tide.  The result is flooding of coastal areas which can cause not only incredible damage coastal homes and infrastructure, but also great loss of life.  Still fresh in the collective memory of North Americans are the storm surges associated with Hurricane Sandy (2012) and Hurricane Katrina (2005).

According to a group of researchers from the Neils Bohr Institute (NBI), extreme storm surges like the one caused by Hurricane Katrina, are set to dramatically increase in the years to come.

The scientists from the NBI used data from monitoring stations along the coast of Gulf of Mexico as well as the…

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