Climate Change Drowns Beach Holidays
If you’re walking on the boardwalk, you’re likely to not be able to actually see the ocean. Rather, you will see man made sand dunes, which were placed there to protect a big storm.
The dunes, when first placed where around 15 feet high, and today, they’ve become even taller, since sand from the beach has made it’s way onto them. This serves a scary reminder that the rising seas are threatening the existence of our favorite holiday spots.
Atlantic City, for example has gone through an entire 22 nourishment projects since 1936. The most recent was after Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey shore. Four years later, another one is about to begin.
Many experts have agreed that despite water nourishment efforts, if the water continues to rise, it will no longer be as effective. So what happens then?
In addition, other places like Miami Beach have added massive amount of huge buildings right on the water, which taught them a few lessons in the hard way, such as the fact that these developments interrupts the flow of sand.
The real issue however, is not the sand is moving, it’s that are insisting that it stays in just one place. Beaches will disappear when you put anything on it.
As beach destinations started to become more and more popular, sea levels also began to rise faster. The global average sea level rose in 1900 around 6.5 inches, worsening the sand erosion issue.
It became very clear that by the end of the 20th century, the sea level was to rise dramatically. Each beachfront has a different set up, and it is difficult to know how effective every nourishment project will be.