Scientists gathered at Rutgers University Monday to talk about what they’ve learned of climate and change at the Shore since Sandy – and many of them don’t like what they’re seeing. "We were supposed to be rebuilding smarter. I don’t see that. Do you?" asked geology professor Kenneth G. Miller, whose research has focused on sea-level changes. "We don’t like scare tactics … but we are looking at two, three feet of rise (in this century) and we have to prepare for that." Miller said he’d advise New Jersey state government to go a step beyond impending increases in federally mapped flood elevations – by two feet. The maps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency don’t account for sea-level projects, which along the New Jersey coast could be 1.3 feet higher under a middle-case scenario, Miller said.
/ / / Scientists see Sandy as sign of climate change, warn that rebuilt structures should be higher