Planning Lessons from Sandy: Climate Change a Reality, Adjustments Needed

Architects, engineers and building professionals are faced with a new reality following Hurricane Sandy.

Climate change is a reality, experts say.

Following Hurricane Sandy's impact on the Jersey Shore, property owners will have to make some tough decisions about how and if they should rebuild. 

For those willing to stick it out, the only option is to build smarter and build up, some say. Here, two professionals, one an architect, one a hazard mitigation specialist, talk about the reality of climate change, and the future of building along the coast.

Bill Strohkirch January 04, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Or how about the town do something about the dyke that devides Port Monmouth and east keansburg. At least open the built in flood gates that dont operate so the water from Pews Creek don't get held back and drown Port Monmouth!!
Ron Jacobson January 04, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Booradley, you have a grip on the situation. You are correct there have been climate changes year to year and century to century since history began. What is insane (to paraphrase Einstein) is rebuilding in the same place and expecting different results. My take is; FEMA and the Federal Flood Insurance should buy out any damaged owners at the second claim. Fair market value no question about that. But no rebuilding after that. I know of people that had to redo the inside of their house just last year and now again. That is nuts. Will we pay for it again next year?
Sal January 06, 2013 at 07:46 AM
Of course Climate Change is real. We live upon a Living, Growing and ever Evolving planet on which nothing remains constantly the same. The planet 9,000 mile wide planet is burning at 7,000 degrees for billions of years beneath it's thin outer crust. If it were not for Climate Change and Global Warming___the Last Ice Age never would have ended 13,000 years ago__which was 12,800 years before mankind was polluting with toxic emissions the planet.
Sal January 06, 2013 at 07:53 AM
Te NJ shore solution really is simple enough. The state needs to buy a large 300' long barge and mount a crane upon it and hire a crew of 5 men to operate it year round and buy a tugboat to pull it.. Then use it to bring down large 25 ton each and larger boulders from the Palisades to drop along the entire NJ shoreline. Beach replenishment projects and building sand dunes will not ever be a lasting solution. We have already tried that for the past 50 years and it DOES NOT WORK. But larger boulders dropped along the shoreline__they are permanent solution, they same way that the seawall in Sea Bright is a more permanent solution..
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