Study Plots Rising Sea Level in Delaware

August 19, 2008

Delaware officials are using maps and high-tech equipment to study and predict the effects in Delaware of rising sea levels.

A storm in May flooded parts of the state, adding to the motivation for David Carter — a state environmental program manager working on coastal management issues.

Other agencies are partnering with Carter to map areas vulnerable to flooding. Carter is using digital photos taken when a pulse of light shows the bottom of bodies of water around Delaware.

Based on those photos, state officials are able to update evacuation routes and consider areas of the state that could be under water during flooding. Carter’s project is expected to take two years.

Causes of sea level rise include melting polar icecaps and erosion of shorelines.


Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal

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