Rising Sea Levels - A Global Threat to Coastal Infrastructure
Building resilient infrastructure and providing critical services that can withstand - and easily recover - from adverse natural events is becoming increasingly important and is a reality that society should address.
The question that must be asked by coastal infrastructure public sector planners and private sector developers is not - Are we going to experience an adverse natural event? but rather - When are we going to develop an adverse natural event?
The potential of adverse natural events impacting coastal communities is now a regular seasonal occurrence in many instances and an unavoidable reality for many. Time is running out to mitigate the avoidable.
The existing threat to global coastal infrastructure should be by all assessments, be the area of largest concern for governments around the world. Documented rising sea levels (or sinking landmasses if you prefer) are placing hundreds of millions of people’s lives, livelihoods, and property at increased risk to hurricanes, tsunami’s, and high tides to name a few.
It is Time to Act Responsibly and Resiliently
It is time that politicians, planners, engineers, developers, investors, and citizens begin to develop a common and pragmatic understanding of the risks facing coastal communities. It is also important that civic, community, and political stakeholders act responsibly in a timely manner to develop resilient infrastructure and disaster recovery programs.