Saturday, August 4, 2018

Gassifer 2.0: The Least Coast

Fig. 1 Sea level Rise @ U.S. East Coast
There are some exotic WOD Zones far away in distant lands, and there are some WOD Zones where millions of people live and work.

One of those zones has U.S. East Coast boundaries within its borders.

That zone is #7307 which today I feature along with its high sea level rise rate, a rate that is threatening some significant sea ports and coastal habitations that will impact millions of Americans.

Fig. 2 Thermosteric Sea level rise contribution
Some property value decline is futuristic loss (Coming crisis of coastal flooding: $1 trillion of real estate at risk by 2100).

But some of it has already happened and is currently happening in the Carolinas (Sea level rise has already sunk Carolinas beach property values — by $1.6 billion, study finds).

That is only two states.

Add the other states in WOD Zone 7307 to the loss and "we are talking money" as the porkiticians used to say about taxpayer dollars they were spending.

Read more here:

The graph at Fig. 1 shows the sea level change since the year 1900, and the graph at Fig. 2 shows the thermal expansion and contraction contribution for the year 2016.

The links below are PSMSL tide gauge stations which provided the data with which to generate the graph at Fig. 1 (the Dredd Blog PSMSL database was updated 23 Jul 2018).

The graph at Fig. 2 was generated from The World Ocean Database (WOD) CTD and PFL data using the TEOS-10 library software.

PHILADELPHIA (PIER 9N) [stn. #135, yrs of data: 118]
REEDY POINT [stn. #786, yrs of data: 33]
ATLANTIC CITY [stn. #180, yrs of data: 104]
BALTIMORE [stn. #148, yrs of data: 116]
ANNAPOLIS (NAVAL ACADEMY) [stn. #311, yrs of data: 88]
CAPE MAY [stn. #1153, yrs of data: 49]
MATAPEAKE [stn. #1338, yrs of data: 10]
WASHINGTON DC [stn. #360, yrs of data: 87]
LEWES (BREAKWATER HARBOR) [stn. #224, yrs of data: 79]
INDIAN RIVER INLET [stn. #1337, yrs of data: 11]
CAMBRIDGE [stn. #481, yrs of data: 10]
CAMBRIDGE II [stn. #1295, yrs of data: 47]
OCEAN CITY INLET [stn. #2292, yrs of data: 19]
SOLOMON'S ISLAND (BIOL. LAB.) [stn. #412, yrs of data: 81]
PINEY POINT [stn. #971, yrs of data: 13]
RICHMOND [stn. #462, yrs of data: 27]
GLOUCESTER POINT [stn. #597, yrs of data: 53]
KIPTOPEKE BEACH [stn. #636, yrs of data: 67]
CHESAPEAKE BAY BR. TUN. [stn. #1635, yrs of data: 33]
SEWELLS POINT [stn. #299, yrs of data: 91]
VIRGINIA BEACH [stn. #945, yrs of data: 12]
PORTSMOUTH (NORFOLK NAVY YARD) [stn. #399, yrs of data: 53]
DUCK PIER OUTSIDE [stn. #1636, yrs of data: 33]
CAPE HATTERAS [stn. #2294, yrs of data: 26]
BEAUFORT [stn. #2295, yrs of data: 45]
MOREHEAD CITY [stn. #719, yrs of data: 10]
WILMINGTON [stn. #396, yrs of data: 83]
SOUTHPORT [stn. #1431, yrs of data: 13]
MYRTLE BEACH [stn. #862, yrs of data: 16]
SPRINGMAID PIER [stn. #1444, yrs of data: 35]
CHARLESTON I [stn. #234, , yrs of data: 97]

The century-old work of Oil-Qaeda is coming home to roost roast (Humble Oil-Qaeda, 2).

These trade wars commenced by Oil-Qaeda are based upon trading CO2 for land along the coast (a.k.a. real estate).

Nature says "pump too much of that stuff into my air and I will trade you some land along the coast for it."

The nickname for it is "Make The East Coast the Least Coast Again."

For some reason, "asstute businesses" think this is a good deal, but really it is the art of the steal.

The extinction of far away vast areas, and areas of the nearer East Coast, is in the cards in this comic cosmic trade war:
"By the 2070s, total population exposed could grow more than threefold to around 150 million people due to the combined effects of climate change (sea-level rise and increased storminess), subsidence, population growth and urbanisation. The asset exposure could grow even more dramatically, reaching US $35,000 billion [35 Trillion or twice the US GDP] by the 2070s; more than ten times current levels and rising to roughly 9% of projected global GDP in this period. On a global-scale, for both types of exposure, population growth, socio-economic growth and urbanization are the most important drivers of the overall increase in exposure. Climate change and subsidence significantly exacerbate this effect although the relative importance of these factors varies by location. Exposure rises most rapidly in developing countries, as development moves increasingly into areas of high and rising flood risk."

[CAUTION: the most often occurring event in projecting temperature, CO2, and sea level rise is UNDERESTIMATION]
(Ranking Port Cities with High Exposure and Vulnerability to Climate Extremes, cf. The Extinction of Robust Sea Ports, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; The Extinction of Charleston, The Extinction of Philadelphia, The Extinction of Washington, D.C., The Extinction of Boston, The Extinction of Miami, The Extinction of Manzanillo, The Extinction of Houston, The Extinction of Providence, The Extinction of Chesapeake Bay Islands).

There are no trump cards (not even denial).


  1. Alaska, New Jersey, and Vermont are the three states that are warming faster than all the others .. (link)

    1. Interesting ... N.J. is on the Least Coast ... Vermont has no coast ... and Alaska, on the West Coast, has more coastline than all of the rest of the U.S.A. put together.

      One interesting thing about Alaska is that it is so large that it has both sea level rise and sea level fall ... depending on distance from Glacier Bay (Proof of Concept - 3).