The time for talking in isolation about preventing the effects of climate change have ended. We’re in the era of adaptation.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday October 31, 2012 9:15 am|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 30, 2012 9:50 am|
As we wake up to the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, it appears clear that the most lasting damage is to the New York City transit system. The MTA describes it as the biggest disaster in the 108-year history of the system. Seven subway tunnels are flooded, and system power has been either turned off or is simply malfunctioning.
|By: cmaukonen Monday October 29, 2012 6:01 am|
The biggest threat will be from the storm surge. Though Sandy is only a Category 1 storm with maximum winds of 75 mph now – and some intensification still possible – it has a large wind field and is a large (in are) storm. Reports from buoys and ships and recon aircraft already show that it has a large storm surge associated with it. If you look at this storm surge map you can see it will be very high and likely inundate the lower part of Manhattan from Battery Park south and possibly even a bit north. The surge could be from 6-12 feet above sea level and with a high tide at around the same time as Sandy hits the coast just south of NYC, could mean extensive flooding as Dr. Masters points out.