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Sea Level Rise

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Regional planners hope to solve flooding problems on Wilmington’s E. 7th Street Peninsula, where sea level rise could eventually make the flooding worse. Many business owners there don’t want to move, and some want to see more development.


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As rising seas raise more urgent questions about how to defend Delaware’s low-lying shore, environmentalists and state authorities are renewing their advocacy for “living shorelines” as a way of cushioning the impact of higher waters on coastal property and the natural environment.


Faced with rising seas and constant beach erosion, Delaware's beaches may need more than just replenishment in the future.



Courtesy of NOAA

A new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists says thousands of Delaware residents and their properties will be more prone to flooding aggravated by sea level rise by 2045.

Delaware SLR Advisory Committee, 2012

A new report from the Delaware Geological Survey and Delaware Coastal Programs uses sea level research and data from nearly the last decade to help the state plan for future flooding and erosion.


Joel McCord

A group of anthropology majors from Washington College in Chestertown has spent the summer not at the beach, but as research assistants roaming the Eastern Shore, talking to residents about the risks of flooding and projected sea level rise. They’ve traveled through Talbot, Dorchester and Somerset counties talking to local residents about their communities, changes and their experiences with flooding.

University of Delaware/Delaware Sea Grant

A nationwide report places Delaware in the top 10 of state most prepared to take on  climate change challenges in the future.


Delaware earned a B+ for how well the state assesses and prepares for risks relating to extreme heat, inland flooding and coastal flooding.

University of Delaware/Delaware Sea Grant

For most people, nuisance flooding is just an inconvenience -- like when a roadway floods in heavy rain. But as sea levels rise, this kind of flooding is happening more often.

As Delaware Public Media's Eli Chen reports, new research says it could continue escalating in coastal areas like Delaware's.

University of Delaware/Delaware Sea Grant


New research says sea level rise could cause more minor, so-called "nuisance flooding" days in coastal communities like Delaware's.

A study recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters projected looked at that potential increase from now until 2050.

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Delaware cities like Wilmington, New Castle and Dover could avoid the worst effects of long-term sea-level rise if global carbon emissions are sharply reduced, according to a study released on Monday.

The study by Climate Central, a research group based in Princeton, NJ, looked at the areas of coastal cities around the country that would be flooded under different concentrations of greenhouse gases in the next century.