UConn Scientist: Superstorms Like Sandy Will Become the Norm

That means shoreline residents in Connecticut may have to move or taxpayers will have to bear the cost of keeping them in their homes as sea levels rise, according to UConn professor James O'Donnell.

As climate change continues to warm the earth, the rate of sea level rise is accelerating and more so-called "superstorms" like Sandy will occur, scientists are warning.

In Connecticut, that means shoreline communities will more often bear the brunt of these severe storms and may even have to move some of their denizens to protect against rising waters and life-threatening storm sturges, James O'Donnell, a professor of marine sciences at the University of Connecticut's  Avery Point campus told the Greenwich Times.

The situation could become a heated political one as shoreline towns seek more state and federal funding to protect coastal residences and businesses and those who live inland beging to balk at having to help pay those costs.

Just this week Congress approved $51 billion in aid for Hurricane Sandy victims. battering coastal communities and causing significant damage to the shorelines in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

After Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, O'Donnell said, he undertook a study of storm patterns "And what I found was that instead of getting a storm like Irene once every 20 years, it would be an annual event, more or less," he told the newspaper.

Connecticut has 618 miles of waterfront, including its coastline, inlets, sounds, islands and bays, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, stretching from Greenwich to Stonington. Some of that property is among the most valuable in the country.

O'Donnell said protecting those areas from rising waters and storms is possible, but costly.

"We can build wherever we want — it's a matter of money and environmental impact," he told the newspaper. "You'll have to weigh these costs and the benefits."


dave January 31, 2013 at 12:16 AM
didnt we hear all this garbage after katrina that hurricanes would be more frequent and more powerful and then nothing happened. americans must be the most gullable people on the earth.
Bob Fawkes January 31, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Eh, Hurricane Sandy happened. Did you miss that one Dave? You know, the minor catagory 2 hurricane that resulted in $51 BILLION in SOCIALIST "aid" to victims. New year, new storms will be brewing...
dave January 31, 2013 at 10:06 PM
you mean sandy, 7 years after katrina, jacobo? after we were told that katrina was the new norm? because there have never been 2 storms 7 years apart that did damage to our country? and to claim climate change causes these storms is to believe there were no storms before climate change? aiding victims of natural disasters is not socialist, it is called compassion. socialists are not compassionate, just ask lenin, stalin, mao and castro who killed more humans because of their politics than these storms. just another lame excuse and fear mongering.
Tom Scelfo February 01, 2013 at 01:51 AM
NASA recently published global temperatures that have been recorded by four international organizations - NASA, NOAA, Hadley Center (United Kingdom), and the Japanese Meteorological Agency. Although NASA puts the U.S. government spin on the data by stating that the last decade was the warmest on record, if you look at the data you will see that the earth has NOT warmed during the past decade, despite massive construction of coal-fired power plants in China and India. However, the media, the government, and UCONN professors try to convince everyone that the earth's warming is out of control. Based on NASA's own data, that clearly isn't true. That's why they now talk about "climate change" rather than "global warming." The climate has always changed. If it hadn't changed, you would be sitting under a mile of ice right now. You can see NASA's graph at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151391212036772&set=a.10151367442216772.490373.54971236771&type=3&theater


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