State science panel’s draft sea level rise
report released for public comment
N.C. Coastal Resources Commission’s Science Panel has released for
public review and comment a draft of the five-year update of its 2010
report on sea level rise in North Carolina.
Session Law 2012-202, the draft report provides estimated rates of sea
level rise along the North Carolina coast over the next 30 years. The
report relies on data collected at five tide gauges located along the
North Carolina coast at Duck, Oregon Inlet, Beaufort, Wilmington and
According to the report, historical data shows that
sea level is rising across the entire coast of North Carolina. The data
also indicate that the rate of rise varies depending on location, with
the highest rates occurring on the northern coast, primarily due to
greater rates of land subsidence, or sinking.
initial draft report was completed in December 2014 and forwarded to a
technical peer review group for comment. The draft report and all
comments are available for review on the N.C. Division of Coastal
Management’s website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/cm/sea-level-rise-study-update.
Comments may be submitted via email to Tancred Miller, DCM’s coastal and ocean policy manager, at [email protected].
After an extended public comment period from today through Dec. 31, the
report will be finalized in early 2016 and delivered to the N.C.
General Assembly by March 1, 2016.
The science panel provides
scientific advice to the state Coastal Resources Commission. It was
created by the CRC in 1997, and is composed of coastal engineers and