By Matt Owens October 28, 2013
Like many Virginians, I already knew that Virginia Beach and the surrounding areas face dangerous sea level rise as a result of global warming. But I wanted concrete numbers, estimates for population displacement over time. I wanted a better handle on this situation that's increasingly impacting my home state. And because I've noticed that official figures tend to be excessively conservative (often gutted under political pressure), I computed an independent set of estimates based on published data and well-known projections from James Hansen and the IPCC consensus process.
Hopefully what follows will be helpful in your own thinking and understanding about global warming. I have included four links in the central text body which I highly recommend. Two additional links at the end are to recent news stories.
Sea level rise is a heavy subject; please remember that productive action now is still important. With action to bring greenhouse gas pollution to a halt as soon as possible, the pace at which the seas rise will be slower and thus give residents time to retrofit and relocate.