Our Crisis

Sea Level Rise

The primary cause of sea rise and climate disruption is carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted into the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels–gasoline, coal, oil, and natural gas–which we use to power our cars and homes and to produce the goods we consume.

Photo courtesy of Katy Roberts

Local Impacts

Global warming causes ocean expansion and sea level rise.  Along the South Carolina coast the Atlantic rose six inches in  26 years. The rate of nuisance flooding quadrupled in Charleston since the 1960’s, according to NOAA, and we can count on things getting worse. Scientists predict seas will rise another six inches  in the next 13 years (SeaLevelRise.org/SouthCarolina). The City of Charleston says residents will experience 180 days of sunny day tidal flooding by 2045. This is bad news, especially for Charleston’s low income and disenfranchised residents living in low-lying, flood-prone neighborhoods.

One Woman’s Story

This video, made by Higher Ground film maker Katy Roberts, shares her Hurricane Irma experience and a bit of the science behind Charleston’s challenges.

Want to learn more?

Climate Central is an independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the public. Using the power of Silicon Valley scientists, entrepreneurs, and inventors,  they offer coastal communities block-by-block sea level rise imaging and global warming solutions.

Visit Climate Central to explore sea level and coastal flood risks