USGS Report: “Future Wave and Wind Effects on the Pacific Islands”

Pacific Island National Parks

Menacing wave A relatively small amount of sea level rise can make a huge difference. Photo by S. Lee.

[press release from the United States Geological Survey and the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative, Jan. 26, 2015]

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — According to a new report released by the U.S. Geological Survey, climate changes during the 21st century are expected to alter the highest waves and strongest winds across U.S. and U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands. The detailed calculations provided in the report will be useful for managers developing coastal resilience plans or ecosystem restoration efforts, and for engineers designing future infrastructure.

Information on changes in waves and winds under global climate change is crucial to understanding the sustainability of existing infrastructure and natural and cultural resources, as well as to planning for future investments such as renewable wind and wave energy for islands, or for understanding the viability of coastal-related economic activities such…

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