Rob Young, left, is director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University. Orrin Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus in the Duke University Division of Earth and Ocean Science. They are the authors of The Rising Sea, published by Island Press.

 

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How High Will Seas Rise? Get Ready for Seven Feet

by rob young and orrin pilkey
As governments, businesses, and homeowners plan for the future, they should assume that the world’s oceans will rise by at least two meters — roughly seven feet — this century. But far too few agencies or individuals are preparing for the inevitable increase in sea level that will take place as polar ice sheets melt.
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