Oct 21, 20201 min

waterloop #57: Rick Luettich on Hurricane Science, Impacts, and Resilience

Rick Luettich is Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina.

In this episode Rick explains that climate change is warming the ocean and atmosphere and raising sea level, leading to hurricanes that are stronger and wetter. He discusses the use of computer modeling to study and predict storm surge along the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as for resiliency planning by communities. Rick also talks about the science of protecting shorelines from coastal storms by using oyster reefs, man-made barriers, and other structural options.

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