Climate Central Surging Seas Tool showing 10′ sea level rise.

We need action now to prevent future devastation!

  • Sea level rise is caused by increased CO2 emissions
  • VIMS: sea level rise in Hampton Roads was almost one foot since 1960s
  • VIMS: Expect and plan for a 1.5  ft rise in next 20-50 years
  • VIMS: Three foot sea level rise is also possible if we don’t slow CO2 emissions.

Climate Central Surging Seas Tool | NOAA Climate Explorer

 

Hampton roads – second highest rate of sea level rise nationally

second only to Louisiana

 

The rate of relative sea level rise in Hampton Roads is within the top 10% of nation and almost twice that of the global average.

Warmer oceans make Atlantic hurricanes wetter, slower and more intense. A slow moving Category One hurricane could create a 13′ storm surge here.


  1. In the 2010 GRAND Strategy the Navy identified sea level rise as the greatest threat to the territorial sovereignty of Hampton Roads. Norfolk Naval Base, Langley and local shipbuilding will be seriously impacted. 
  2. A 2017 study by the National Institute of Building Science states that every dollar spent on hazard mitigation saves six dollars in future disaster costs. 2017 was costliest US weather year in 123 years of record keeping, costing $ 306.2 billion

Climate Central Surging Seas Tool

 

 

SOME SOLUTIONS


clean energy economy 

This map from Climate Central shows a one foot sea level rise in Virginia Beach according to NOAA.

Let’s reintroduce state tax credits for solar panels and wind turbines to reduce  emissions and become energy self sufficient. 

Lynnhaven River Now and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation show us another way to create jobs while combatting sea level rise. Oyster beds create a natural barrier which combats flooding and storm surge from sea level rise. Then they can be harvested and provide significant revenues.

 

LEED & NAHB GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS

This map from Climate Central shows a three foot sea level rise in Virginia Beach according to NOAA

USGBC and NAHB have developed green building standards that provide cost effective ways for new construction to reduce CO2 levels and reduce flooding. Tax credits can incentivize sustainable development by providing an early return on investment for developers and homeowners while helping to slow global warming.

 

Websites with Scientific Data & Maps

 

 

NOAA Climate Resilience Toolkit: Inundation at 1′,2′ & 3′ Sea Level Rise

https://climate-explorer.nemac.org/?tp=g_a&center=-8449194.5,4413931.9&zoom=11&p=L&layers=aag:1

Virginia Beach Comprehensive Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding Response Plan
https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/public-works/comp-sea-level-rise/Pages/default.aspx

Climate Central Surging Seas Tool

https://riskfinder.climatecentral.org

Virginia Institute of Marine Science: Recurrent Flooding

http://ccrm.vims.edu/recurrent_flooding/Recurrent_Flooding_Study_web.pdf