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Florida Building Codes Thwarted Hurricane Damage, Report Shows

Florida ranked top in the nation for its building codes, according to a new report that cited newer construction better withstanding hurricane damage. The nation’s biggest hurricane target unseated the previous top state, which had been Virginia, for the top ranking, according to the building-code survey by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. […]

University of New Hampshire Finds Dramatic Increase in Flooding on Coastal Roads

High tide floods, or so-called “nuisance flooding,” that happen along shore roadways during seasonal high tides or minor wind events are occurring far more frequently than ever before. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found that in the past 20 years roads along the East Coast have experienced a 90 percent increase in […]

Is South Florida Doomed by Sea-Level Rise? Experts Say No. In Fact, They’re Optimistic

South Florida’s future looks wet, salty and, unless you’re a mermaid, maybe a bit apocalyptic. “The idea that what’s land and what’s ocean, that the boundary line is going to move, is a really tough, disturbing concept,” says John Englander, a Boca Raton-based oceanographer, climate consultant and author. “The good news is, we have time […]

Federal Report: High-Tide Flooding Could Come ‘Every Other Day’ by Late this Century

High-tide flooding, which can wash water over roads and inundate homes and businesses, is an event that happens once in a great while in coastal areas. But its frequency has rapidly increased in recent years because of sea-level rise. Not just during storms but increasingly on sunny days, too. Years ago, the late Margaret Davidson, a […]

Miami Streets Could Flood Every Single Day by 2070 Under Many Climate Models, NOAA Says

Years ago, before 2010, the tidal gauge at Virginia Key showed high tide floods maybe twice a year. By 2070, most climate models show it could flood every single day, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The remaining models show flooding ever other day. In the report released this week, NOAA said the […]

Nuisance Floods Have Increased Dramatically Along East Coast, Study Finds

Sunny-day flooding along East Coast roadways has increased dramatically in recent years, and a recent study concluded it’s only going to get worse – and our commutes will pay. The findings, released in mid-March in the scientific journal Transportation Research Record, show a 90-percent increase in “nuisance floods” – flooding that comes from seasonal high tides or […]

Straight Talk on the Practice of Civil Engineering and Green Infrastructure

Civil engineers who work in the field of stormwater management are facing considerable challenges, from regulatory agencies who are adopting green infrastructure approaches to extreme weather events that are challenging baseline assumptions.  We caught up with Elizabeth Fassman Beck, who teaches at Steven’s Technical Institute in Hoboken NJ and is the Chair of the Environment […]

Harvard Says This is How Miami Beach Avoids a ‘Dystopian’ Future of Sea Level Rise

Don’t say ‘dystopia’ when you’re talking to politicians about sea level rise in Miami Beach. “It’s a trigger word,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber joked. The image of a future city undone by rising tides leading to “a kind of dystopian inundation scenario,” was invoked by Harvard University professor Charles Waldheim in a presentation to […]