New Jersey Shore’s Future: Coping with Climate Change and Storm Risk

Some observed climate changes and events are easier to link to human causes and make projections for the 21st century than others.  Storm risk and sea level rise are linked and thus part of a larger issue of vulnerability.  Communicating to the public about the practical implications of climate science and the risk of extreme events, such as hurricanes, is a challenge.  The public, policymakers, and scientists all have roles to play in coping with storm risk, sea level rise, and climate change.  This paper was prepared for the ICCAP conference “The Shore’s Future: Living with Storms and Sea Level Rise,” Nov. 20-21, 2015