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Fort Pulaski Sea Levels

Rising Sea Levels Threaten Historic Coastlines

Many researchers are concerned about the rising sea levels and the effects they will have on our coastlines- many of which contain historical sites. One of these sites is Fort Pulaski on the Georgia coast. Clark Alexander noted that recent reports have discovered that sea levels could rise up to four feet by the end of the century in this area. He stated,"steps must be taken now to increase their resilience to rising seas and stronger storms, both a result of increasing global temperatures.” As reported yesterday, we now have the Georgia Climate Research Roadmap to assist in combating this issue. While sea levels are threatening to rise up to 2 feet by the end of the century for other coastlines in The United States, there is certainly a need to protect the Fort Pulaski National Monument against the levels that are projected to be at least twice that. The National Park Service is now trying to alert the general public to the possible dangers presented to our historic coastlines, particularly when it comes to future storm surges. Their report stated, “Taking stock of trends in sea level change is a necessary precursor to identifying future vulnerabilities and managing risk responsibly...when coupled with earlier work examining infrastructure at risk along the coast, the results of this study can help identify vulnerabilities, prioritize management action, and guide public investments in sustainable projects.”


Director, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Professor

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