January 22, 2009
Outer Banks face risk from sea-level rise
A U.S. study suggests North Carolina is one of the states that will be hurt the most by a substantial rise in sea-level.
Lead author Jim Titus of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the sandy shore of the mid-Atlantic will erode faster than other coastal areas. The Outer Banks is at particular risk, The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer reported Wednesday.
Sea-level rise can affect coastal communities and habitats in a variety of different ways, including submerging low-lying lands, eroding beaches, converting wetlands to open water, intensifying coastal flooding, and increasing the salinity of estuaries and freshwater aquifers, the EPA said in a statement.