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Virginia’s Coastal Regions are Facing Rising Sea Levels

 

Hampton Roads and the surrounding Peninsula areas are experiencing rising sea levels with an increase in storm surges.

Much of Virginia’s coastal regions are in danger of erosion from rising sea levels that are a threat to Military Bases.

Norfolk is at the center of this debate of climate change in a city that has suffered an increasing amount of tidal flooding and storm surges. Rising sea levels are no longer just a city problem, but a global one. Coastal regions around the world will encounter sea level risings and flooding that will have a long-lasting effect on how we exist.

Neighborhoods in Norfolk are under constant threat of rising waters from rain and flooding with drainage retention issues.

Norfolk is home to one of the largest Naval bases that have voiced concerns over the rising sea levels and the dangers it would pose to the fleet of ships and docks. The Army Corps of Engineering have submitted reports to the Department of Defense concerning coastal flooding and needed repairs to docks at Norfolk Naval Base.

The warming of the ocean contributes to the rising sea levels that will affect Virginia’s coastline with a thirty percent increase in flooding according to the Coastal Flood Projections Report.

East Coast communities can expect waters to climb as much as 11.5 feet – about 3.5 feet more than the global average– by 2100 (Reese 2017).

Virginia’s coastlines also have battles with Hurricanes, Nor’easters that contribute to flooding and erosion that have increased the rise in sea levels.

The Union of Concerned Scientist report have identified at least eighteen military installations along the east coast that is in immediate danger of severe land mass loss due to rising sea levels and flooding. Military ports are vital parts of our national security while preparedness will take a serious effort with Congress and with the Department of Defense.

In 2011, Hurricane Irene brought high tides, winds, and storm surges that were over 7.5 feet in the Sewell’s Point section of Norfolk. The Naval Bases sent their ships out to sea and the city officials ordered residents to evacuate. Irene’s impact was so forceful that it took month’s to restore power from downed power lines.

Residents of all coastal areas should stay updated on evacuation routes and always have a readiness plan in place as the hurricane season starts on June 1, 2018.

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City, Travel, Town, Explore, climate change, flooding, ocean floor temperatures, rising water levels

Using Social Media Platforms as a Research Tool

Searching for information has advanced more than ever with the use of various social media platforms. Regardless of the information desired, it is obtainable on the Internet. Whether it is technically or professionally there is a platform for it.

According to makeawebsitehub.com, currently, there are over sixty plus networking sites available for social media. Some of the media sites focus more on business while others are geared more for social conversations.

Social media networks have advanced globally because of the billions of people that now have access to post information making research readily available.

Choosing four of the most popular platforms such as Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn, and Google Plus to research Rising Sea Levels delivered various reports from experts in the field.

Google Plus provided information from the United States Geological Survey that suggests rising ocean temperatures are a constant variable in flooding of the coastal area and erosion such a seen on Tangier Island.

Other government agencies such as the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and the Atlantic Meteorological Oceanographic & Laboratory(NOAA AOML) are conducting studies concerning the North Atlantic Ocean temperature patterns to predict flooding and rising sea levels.

LinkedIn has become more than a professional networking site it, offers research data and opinion pieces on rising sea levels. Yale conducted a Climate Change Communication study with visualizations and data research on climate change that affects the ocean temperatures.

The Sun-Sentinel did an article on rising stormwater and the difficulties that some of the cities were having such as city drainage and the ability to properly remove the water surge.

Columbia University conducts research and scientific studies with a group of scientists from around the world to find ways to slow down or stop climate change. Saving the planet from rising sea levels have become a top priority. Twitter is a social media platform Columbia University uses to get information out to the public on the studies conducted.

NASA has assembled a team of sea-level scientist to restart an Internet platform to inform the public through news articles and twitter post regarding studies on rising sea levels around the world as sort of a watch group.

The National Ocean Service uses Facebook and Twitter to keep the public informed on any new studies conducted on climate change and changes to the oceans floor core temperatures and predictions with storm surges.

Interesting Engineering posted an article on research conducted by the US Military concludes that salt water is rising rapidly and could overtake fresh water that would leave islands uninhabitable by the year 2030.

Social media platforms have evolved into various degrees of interaction on a global stage where a wealth of information is available.

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