Measuring the Impacts of Climate Change on North Carolina Coastal Resources
Okmyung Bin, East Carolina University, Chris Dumas, University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Ben Poulter, Duke University and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; and John Whitehead, Appalachian State University
Global warming is projected to have significant impacts on North
Carolina coastal resources as sea level rises and hurricanes become more
intense. Extensive development in the coastal zone in recent decades has
put more people and property at risk for these impacts. In this context,
a scientific study was undertaken by researchers at four North Carolina
universities to consider three important aspects of the coastal economy
and their vulnerability to a changing climate: the impacts of sea-level
rise on the coastal real estate market, the impacts of sea-level rise on
coastal recreation and tourism, and the impacts of stronger tropical
storms and hurricanes on business activity.
This research was supported by a grant from the National Commission for Energy Policy.