sea level rise http://kplu.org en Calling Citizen Photographers: Help Researchers Visualize Future Sea Level Rise http://kplu.org/post/calling-citizen-photographers-help-researchers-visualize-future-sea-level-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers want you to grab the camera, head to the beach and capture this weekend's king tide.</span></p><p>The highest tides of the year are taking place, and the state is asking citizens to help document potential impacts of rising sea levels.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 00:32:52 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12262 at http://kplu.org Calling Citizen Photographers: Help Researchers Visualize Future Sea Level Rise Sea Level Rise Map Shows 30 Wash. Towns Inundated http://kplu.org/post/sea-level-rise-map-shows-30-wash-towns-inundated <p><em><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update</strong></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: The original version of this story incorrectly summarized this study as showing populations to be displaced by 2100 if current trends continue. Author Ben Strauss sent the following correction: "by 2100, we would most likely be *locked in* to such an outcome in a more distant future, time unspecified, but essentially inevitable." We have updated the story accordingly.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The warming climate is causing sea levels to rise as oceans expand, and, combined with more frequent storms, the effects could be devastating.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/1429-towns-destroyed-by-climate-change-2013-8" target="_blank">A new map shows</a> more than 1,400 towns in the U.S., 30 in Washington state, where half the population will be displaced &nbsp;if current trends continue through<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the end of this century</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:05:43 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9639 at http://kplu.org Sea Level Rise Map Shows 30 Wash. Towns Inundated Seattle planners predict bigger flood zones due to climate change http://kplu.org/post/seattle-planners-predict-bigger-flood-zones-due-climate-change <p></p><p>It’s data that’s been collected and analyzed for several years now.</p><p>But predictions on how high tides and extreme storm events might combine to cause flooding in Seattle are seeming less and less like science fiction.</p><p>The City has unveiled<a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/groups/public/@spu/@conservation/documents/webcontent/02_030004.pdf"> a new map</a>, showing huge areas that are much more likely to end up waterlogged during storms. And it says the estimates are no longer considered extreme.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 02:23:27 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7554 at http://kplu.org Seattle planners predict bigger flood zones due to climate change Study: Rising seas will hit Calif. hardest, but Washington still sees damage http://kplu.org/post/study-rising-seas-will-hit-calif-hardest-washington-still-sees-damage <p>Rising sea levels in the Puget Sound region may prove costly to taxpayers. A city like Olympia could have to re-build its sewer system. Other cities may find waterfront roads washed out.</p><p>The culprit is global warming. Warmer water expands, bringing sea levels higher. And glacial ice that is above water now is expected to chunk off and fall into oceans, causing additional sea level rise.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:50:34 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5390 at http://kplu.org Study: Rising seas will hit Calif. hardest, but Washington still sees damage King tides: a "teachable moment?" http://kplu.org/post/king-tides-teachable-moment <p>Shorelines around Washington are experiencing extreme high tides through the end of the month. Known as &ldquo;king tides,&rdquo; they&rsquo;re a natural wintertime phenomenon in the Northwest. But they <u>may</u> also provide a glimpse into our future.</p><p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 16:25:25 +0000 Liam Moriarty 845 at http://kplu.org King tides: a "teachable moment?"