Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Where is my home?

Contributed by Veronique Carola

From the rooftops (June 26 blog post) to the coast lines of the world, all countries are experiencing the effects of global warming.

In New Jersey, USA, rising sea levels is certain to impact heavily on the region’s prime coastal real estate, transportation and tourism according to Dr Anthony Broccoli. New Jersey is already a heavily populated state with developments right up to the high tide mark.

Listen to Dr Broccoli on Youtube:

 

 

As per predictions reported in ‘New Jersey: Assessing the Costs of Climate Change’ by the National Conference of State Legislature, more than $106 billion worth of real estate will be at risk from rising sea level at the present rate of global warming by 2010. Furthermore, a drop of $3.7 billion will be the cost attributed to just a mere 1% drop in shore tourism by 2017; with an additional $790 million being the projected cost of protecting Long Beach Island, a heavily developed barrier island.

According to Dr Anthony Broccoli, an associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Biological Sciences at Rutjers University, NJ is facing sea level rise due to two principal reasons: climate changes and also changes in underground water aquifers leading to sinking of the land mass. Dr Broccoli projects a SL rise of 2 feet for the NJ coast by the end of this century.

According to the above stated report, co-produced by the University of Maryland’s Center for Integrative Environmental Research, by the end of this century, ‘1 % to 3% of New Jersey's 210-mile shoreline is likely to be lost to rising sea levels, and 6.5 percent to 9 percent of the state's coastal area will be inundated by occasional flooding’.

Whilst vacation home owners of the coastal Jersey State may have their town homes to return to, millions around the world stand to be permanently displaced as a result of sea level rise.

 

Further resources:

Sea level changes of New Jersey http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/sltrends_states.shtml?region=nj

Report: ‘New Jersey: Assessing the Costs of Climate Change’ http://www.ncsl.org/programs/environ/ClimatePubs.htm