When Superstorm Sandy hit the eastern seaboard in 2012, it served as a wake-up call for many unaware of a rising sea’s capabilities. The Nature Conservancy was not surprised. In fact, we’re on the forefront of studying the role nature can play in reducing the risks to property and human lives in the face of a changing climate.
We call it a natural infrastructure. Also known as wetlands, coral reefs, oyster reefs, coastal dunes, mangroves, flood plains and forests, these systems (when healthy) can help buffer and absorb the brunt of wind-driven waves, erosion and flooding.
It works. That is why we are partnering with governments at all levels, communities and businesses to show how smart, cost-effective investments in nature can be combined with traditional approaches to maximize our defenses against impacts of future storms.
Take a look at what our staff found in Delaware just days after Superstorm Sandy hit the eastern seaboard.
Preparing for Tomorrow’s High Tide: Recommendations for Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Delaware represents the state’s effort to devise a strategy and build capacity for agencies, local governments, businesses and individuals facing sea level rise in Delaware.