Posts Tagged "Storms"

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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New York City’s (Lack of) Resilience

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012

There’s a great article in today’s New York Times, “New York is Lagging as Seas and Risks Rise.” In a nutshell, with 520 miles of shoreline, New York City is highly vulnerable to rising sea level and storm surges, and the City isn’t doing enough to address its vulnerabilities. The City is already working to expand protective wetlands, install green roofs to limit runoff, encourage property owners to elevate mechanical equipment, and elevate subway ventilation grates (see photo). I was actually involved in the City’s Green Codes Task Force a couple years ago to address such...

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Fundamentals of Resilient Design #2: Designing Homes for More Intense Storms

Posted by on Aug 25, 2012

Anybody who was in Vermont one year ago this week and witnessed the raging floodwaters of Hurricane Irene and the havoc they wreaked, understands the vulnerabilities we face from intense storms and flooding. In the Northeast, there was a 67% increase in heavy rainfall events (defined as the heaviest 1% of all rainfall events) from 1958 to 2007, according to the multi-agency U.S. Global Change Research Program. Climate scientists tell us to get used to it. As the planet warms over the coming decades, precipitation will increase overall—due to greater evaporation from bodies of water and,...

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Fundamentals of Resilient Design #1: Making the Case

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012

I thought a lot about resilience last year, during a six-week sabbatical bike ride through the Southwest. I covered a little over 1,900 miles, most of it over land that hadn’t seen a drop of rain since the previous fall; some of those areas—mostly in Texas—still hadn't received significant precipitation months after my return home.

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