“We have withstood hurricanes and invasions, but can we withstand sea level rise?” asked Mitchell Colgan, chairman of the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at the College of Charleston. “No matter how you want to argue it, sea level rise is coming.”
In fact, sea level rise is already here. The sea level rose by roughly one foot during the last century in Charleston, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. How much more it will rise in years ahead?