Adapt faster to changing climate, Europe warnedGuardian Unlimited | 29 Apr 2013
Cities around Europe may have to erect flood barriers similar to the Thames Barrier that protects London from sea surges, as climate change takes hold and leads to the danger of much more destructive storms, floods, heavy rainfall and higher sea levels, Europe's environmental watchdog has warned.
Storm Surge Reduction by Mangroveswetlands.org | 18 Dec 2012
Mangroves can reduce storm surge water levels by slowing the flow of water and reducing surface waves. Therefore mangroves can potentially play a role in coastal defence and disaster risk reduction, either alone or alongside other risk reduction measures such as early warning systems and engineered coastal defence structures (e.g. sea walls).
Researcher studies 'middle ground' of sea-level changeEurekAlert | 27 Nov 2012
The effects of storm surge and sea-level rise have become topics of everyday conversation in the days and weeks following Hurricane Sandy's catastrophic landfall along the mid-Atlantic coast. Research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is throwing light on another, less-familiar component...
Hurricane Isaac and the Value of Coastal WetlandsThe Ocean Foundation | 17 Sep 2012
During the tropical cyclone season, it is natural that discussion about the potential harm to human communities dominates the media, official announcements, and community meeting places. Those of us who work in ocean conservation also think about fishing gear losses and new debris fields following storm surge in coastal areas.
Protecting Wetlands Around the World, Then and Now: The Ramsar ConventionThe Ocean Foundation | 14 Sep 2012
Each year, anxious coastal communities watch the forecast for impending tropical cyclones—known as hurricanes or typhoons when they mature, depending on where they are. When those storms approach land, as Hurricane Isaac did late last month, the communities in the path of the storm are reminded of...
Scientists warn US east coast over accelerated sea level riseGuardian Unlimited | 24 Jun 2012
Sea level rise is accelerating three to four times faster along the densely populated east coast of the US than other US coasts, scientists have discovered. The zone, dubbed a "hotspot" by the researchers, means the ocean from Boston to New York to North Carolina is set to experience a rise up a third greater than that seen globally.
NOAA's Inundation Analysis Tool Places Flood Data at Planners' FingertipsNOAA's National Ocean Service | 21 May 2012
NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) will launch an innovative new tool for coastal resource managers this week at the Association of State Floodplain Managers' annual conference in San Antonio. Called the Inundation Analysis Tool, the web-based application employs data collected at NOAA tide gauge stations to provide statistical summaries of the historical frequency and duration of observed high waters.
Rising tides threaten Tanzania's coastal townstrust.org | 26 Mar 2012
Surging Indian Ocean tides have forced hundreds of people in northeast Tanzanias Pangani District to abandon their homes, as higher seas increasingly threaten settlements along East Africas coastline.
100,000 flee as storm reaches Chinese coastThe Independent UK | 31 Aug 2011
More than 100,000 people have been evacuated and hundreds have had their homes destroyed after Tropical Storm Nanmadol reached land in China early yesterday. Water surged past tidal barriers to bring the Qiantang River in Zhejiang province to its highest level in 10 years.
Stevens has an eye on the science of Hurricane IreneEurekAlert | 26 Aug 2011
(Stevens Institute of Technology) While residents along the New Jersey and New York coasts rush to the store for batteries and bottled water, scientists at Stevens Institute of Technology are heading to the laboratory to help predict the impact of Hurricane Irene.
Orewa's artificial reef comes a step closerNew Zealand Herald | 23 Aug 2011
Promoters of an artificial reef at Orewa have satisfied Auckland Council officials that their bid for resource consent is ready for a public hearing. The community had put $500,000 into the project, believing it was the most sustainable method to stop the sand being washed away from the 3km-long beach.
St. Kitts and Nevis to Join UNESCO IOCInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 22 Jul 2011
By joining IOC, St. Kitts and Nevis will gain access to policy experts' aid and advice in disaster risk reduction, in particular tsunamis, storm surges, and other coastal hazards, through the development and implementation of adaptation measures aimed at increasing the resilience to climate change of vulnerable coastal communities.