As Jersey Shore towns ask Washington for money to bankroll post-Superstorm Sandy infrastructure plans, they’re being told to take rising sea levels in account. The idea is build smarter, so that these pricey projects can survive the rising seas and the increased flooding the vast majority of scientists expect in the coming years…By 2050, seas will rise an average of 25 centimeters (about 10 inches) from their 2000 levels around the globe, according to Ben Horton, a professor at Rutgers University who specializes in sea level rise. But the coastal plain of New Jersey, the increase will be 45 centimeters (about 18 inches) higher than they were in 2000. By 2100, Horton expects sea levels will be nearly 3.5 feet above where they were in 2000.
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