Rising Threat

Read the full story in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

When the water comes, the familiar campus life will come to an end. Classes will be relocated or moved online; students will be forced to abandon the deluged library; campus construction plans will have to be overhauled, if not scrapped.

The impact is almost unimaginable, but it is only a matter of time. That the climate is changing and the seas will continue rising are no longer in question. The uncertainty now is how much and how soon.

For many colleges and universities on America’s coasts, the threat is no longer theoretical. Sea-level rise — along with increased stormwater from altered weather patterns and the possibility of more-frequent, more intense hurricanes — is already a concern.

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