Ralph Meima

The business implications of sea-level rise along the Atlantic coast, and especially in Delaware

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014

I want us to envision an unfamiliar challenge together. I want us to think about the plans and investments we may need to make.

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2012 CERES Insurance Industry Study: Progress Slow, Urgently Needed

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013

Climate-change-related disasters threaten industry profitability, and may drive less-prepared companies from a variety of asset and risk classes. A reduction in the availability and affordability of insurance and risk management services can threaten the economy...

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Resilient design trend? Modern floodgates appear in vulnerable areas.

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012

  Walking along Flat Street in Brattleboro, Vermont this morning before businesses opened, I saw a sign that an important lesson about resilience had been learned over the past year.  The floodgates were up in numerous doorways. Flat Street, as some readers may recall, lies in the floodplain of the Whetstone Brook, which angrily overflowed its banks in August 2011 during Tropical Storm Irene and created havoc for the small businesses, artisans, and restaurants located there.  That event is pictured in a previous RDI post here. No one expected that flood.  Yet, somewhat remarkably, the...

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Sea-level Rise, Storm Surges, and Delaware’s Resilience Challenge (with a Sandy update)

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012

Update Note, October 30, 2012 With Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy still whirling around somewhere to my west, the article below feels prescient.  It wasn’t of course – there was no advance knowledge of this particular storm – but what just happened with Sandy is well in line with climate change trends.  It had been many decades since a hurricane of this magnitude made landfall in or near Delaware, but the conditions were just right, including record-high late-October ocean temperatures in the high 70s (F) to give the storm extra power as it crossed the coastline.  Had Sandy...

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