Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge: What It Means to Alaskans and How We Can Adapt

Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge: What It Means to Alaskans and How We Can Adapt

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A warmer global climate is causing glaciers and ice sheets to melt, which sends more water into the sea. At the same time higher temperatures cause expansion of the ocean. The result is that sea level is slowly rising. To adapt, Alaskans are advised to provide vegetation buffers to prevent or moderate effects of wind wave and storm surge, develop emergency evacuation strategies, and work with government agencies to arrange for permanent relocation of buildings or an entire village.

For more information, please visit the Adapting to Climate Change in Coastal Alaska website.

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