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16 May 2019

Earthquake in 2009 intensified American Samoa’s rising sea levels

The 2009, magnitude-8.1 Samoa earthquake dealt a great deal of damage to the Samoan Islands: Tsunami waves as high as 14 meters (46 feet) wiped out multiple villages, claiming nearly 200 lives and severely damaging water and electrical systems.  New research reveals the damage is likely to continue in the island Tutuila, also known as American Samoa.


7 March 2019

Arctic change has widespread impacts

As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. And these changes not only affect the infrastructure, economies and cultures of the Arctic, they have significant impacts elsewhere as well.


6 April 2018

Early climate action has big effect on rising sea levels

Rising sea levels will accelerate this century and beyond, exposing hundreds of millions of people to flooding and other coastal hazards by the year 2300. But acting early to lower greenhouse gas emissions can slow that rise, say scientists in two new studies in Earth’s Future, an open access journal published by the American Geophysical Union.


27 October 2016

Engineering adaptations to high water

Places like Annapolis, New Orleans and Galveston are home to millions of people. Unlike the 350 people of Newtok who have decided to move what homes they can to a dryer spot, those in the Lower 48 look at floodproofing and other manmade solutions as a first option.