The Science Behind Predictions
The predictions vary across the scientific community on how much sea level rise we should be expecting in the near and far futures. Researchers are constantly re-evaluating their equations, largely as a result of more accurate predictions in how much polar ice there is that could melt. These predictions are also tied to humanity's capability to reverse the negative effects we have had on the Earth, like our CO2 and methane production, which raise the atmosphere's temperature.
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Live with the Water
When push comes to shove, cities like Baltimore, Norfolk, Manhattan, will have the funds to adapt to the rising sea levels. The small towns scattered along the waterfront, crucial to the waterman and agricultural communities, will be left behind because the costs of existing adaptation methods are too high for such small populations.
We need to adapt these communities, the backbone of the Chesapeake, to the rising seas. Here at the Chesapeake Project we believe in one key ideal — nobody should profit off of climate change.
The Chesapeake Project is in the process of becoming a non-profit organizing, with a mission to become the expert on the issues, educating anyone on the them, while aiding in forming tangible solutions for each town.
Figure 1-3: Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), & National Ocean Service (NOS). (2020). Sea Level Trends - NOAA Tides & Currents. Retrieved from https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/