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What will your surf spot look like in 2100? Sea level rise in US:

What will your surf spot look like in 2100? Sea level rise in US:

Shifting Tides: Sea level rise in US August 04 2011 | Coastal Preservation , by Chad Nelsen Intro: There is southwest ground swell in the water with 6 to 8 foot waves, a period of 18 seconds, and 10-wave sets hitting the coast every 20 minutes. It’s sunny and the water is glassy. Frog is standing on the bluff overlooking his favorite local surf spot. He turns and says to his friend, “It should be good in a couple of hours.” What? Why isn’t he dashing out to surf what seems like ideal conditions? Because the tide isn’t right. This spot, like so many of our favorite waves, is very tide sensitive. Too high and the waves don’t break on the outer reef. Too low and the inside reef is exposed and dangerous. A few feet of water makes a big difference. Now imagine if we added four feet of water on top of the normal tides. Permanently. That’s what future sea level rise predictions s...

Full article: http://www.surfrider.org/coastal-blog/entry/4665#.Tjx9rse...

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