Watching The Sea Level

Coastal experts in North Carolina want to know how much the sea along the shoreline is rising.

They will hold a Science Forum on Sea Level Rise in North Carolina on Thursday at the Hilton North Raleigh. The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will use the forum as the basis for its preliminary report on the current and projected rates of sea level rise in North Carolina.

The report will go in 25-year increments through 2100.

The commission and other agencies within the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources will use figures for policy development.

Among the scheduled speakers is Virginia Burkett, chief scientist for global change research at the U.S. Geological Survey.

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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 14, 2010 at 03:14 PM
    Build more second homes on the sand dunes, build sea walls to protect those homes, then when the beach washes away the rich ask the state government to spend tax payer money to replace their beach. Don't forget the demand of commercial properties such as hotels and condos.
  • by LW Location: Greenville on Jan 14, 2010 at 01:58 PM
    Here we go again.Time for the left wing nuts to have a meeting.Watch your wallets.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    I can tell them how far it will go.It will go tell it stops.
  • by Jimmy G Location: lala land on Jan 14, 2010 at 10:32 AM
    Have we ever found frozen plants and animals in the cold areas of the earth, that in modern times could not support these type living things......Yes, so that means at one time in the history of earth, those frozen places were not so frozen. They must have banned the caveman from building fires, so that the earth could regain the polar caps....Yea that's what happened, I got a grant in 1st grade, and that was my conclusion.
  • by Lucky Larry Location: da farm on Jan 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    Bubba, you are right, I will add that man has caused erosion to increase 1000 fold, and therefore the oceans are rising faster than ever. But "they" don't want you to know that, unless they can get a grant. Ice melting is so much more of a dramatic topic than mud.
  • by River Watcher Location: NC on Jan 14, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    I live on the Pungo River. The water level hasn't risen at all. My bill for telling you this, is $12,000,234.17. I expect prompt payment.
  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Jan 14, 2010 at 08:59 AM
    Bubba,you are right.Soon to change though if we woke up and learned our lesson on who we hire to run our Government.
  • by Bubba Location: Here on Jan 14, 2010 at 06:55 AM
    You know there is one area that no one talks about, the fact that we are constantly pushing dirt into the oceans all over the world, creating islands, etc., also erosion adds to more earth/dirt from land into the oceans. Common sense would say, fill a cup half way up with water, then add a rock or dirt or anything. The water level rises. There are thousands of rivers that dump thousands of tons of silt/mud/dirt every single day. But no one in science world will use that for a reason. Instead they use "melting ice" as the theory.(They want gov. grants for study) I'm sure that the ice melting has some impact, but more dirt/silt/TRASH goes into the ocean each day than melting ice. I'm sure I will here it from the "gifted scientist", but one thing history has told us is that oceans rise and fall, and have been doing so long before man was here.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jan 14, 2010 at 06:18 AM
    Sounds like the beginning of a really great story designed to get more grant money for more study. In North Carolina - life is best lived on grant money.

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