The Case Against Rebuilding the Coastline


The Case Against Rebuilding the Coastline After Superstorm Sandy

The Case Against Rebuilding the Coastline After Superstorm Sandy
Reuters

"One year after Sandy, many of the affected communities remain vulnerable to another storm because of indecision about how best to respond. There are three basic options to mitigate risks from sea level rise and storm surge: 
Protect against the rising tides with engineered structures
accommodate the rising waters and make structures as resilient as possible
or retreat from risky low shorelines to higher ground. 
Our challenge is to tailor these options to particular locations, and to balance this with cost-effectiveness and sustainability over the long run.Retreat needs to be considered not as a defeatist last-resort, but as proactive strategy needed in some places."