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Recent Coastal News


A New Chapter in Post-Sandy Shore Work

“As long as the federal government comes in after every storm and helps them put it all back where it was—then why do these local communities have to care about the science of coastal storms and vulnerability?” said Rob Young…Read the full story from the Wall Street Journal here.


Prepared for the Next Sandy? Some Experts Call for Bolder Action

“The idea that we’re going to be protecting them for the next 50 years is totally unrealistic,” he said. “We’re not. It’s going to be gone 50 years from now.” Check out the NBC news piece with comments from PSDS Director Rob Young.


Rising Seas Put $40B of National Park Assets at Risk

[…National Park Service, in partnership with the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University, put out a Coastal Assets Report listing thousands of National Park properties that would be damaged by a one meter rise in sea level…]. Read the full Huffington Post story about the PSDS SLR report.


Jersey Smart is better than Jersey Strong

“A Western Carolina University database shows that, since 1936, about $1.5 billion has been spent on beach replenishment projects in the state, most of it federal money.” Check out the full R street article featuring the PSDS Beach Nourishment Database.


North Topsail Beach debacle no way for NC to manage its coast.

Is North Topsail Beach the most poorly managed beach community in the country? If not, it certainly seems to be taking a good shot at it. Read PSDS Director Rob Young’s Op-Ed about North Topsail Beach in the News and Observer.


Rising Sea Levels Pose Threat for Coastal National Parks

Researchers for the NPS and Western Carolina University (WCU) determined that a one-meter increase in ocean height would put 39 percent (16 of the 40 parks evaluated) at a high exposure risk. Read the complete story from Outside

Recent PSDS Imagery

Folly Beach SC Nourishment

Black Sea Aerial Photos

Hurricane Sandy Imagery

SC Coast Aerial Images

Hurricane Week: The Weather Channel

NPR Weekend Edition

Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost?

Featuring Director Rob Young

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Elwha River Restoration

Smithsonian Article: Preparing for a New River

Featuring PSDS and Director Rob Young

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