This May 2015 NPS report is focused on the challenge of rising sea levels on our national parks. To begin addressing these issues, the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) at Western Carolina University (WCU) has partnered with NPS to begin an assessment of the level of exposure that park owned assets will face during a period of rising sea level. The first phase of this collaborative project between WCU and NPS has focused on identifying NPS assets that may be threatened by a future 1 m rise in sea level within 40 coastal units. A 1 m rise in sea level can be expected to occur in the next 100 to 150 years. With over $40 Billion in Assets exposed to sea level and associated storm impacts, this value will increase when the next round of 30 more parks in the National Capitol and Alaska regions are included.
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