Sea Level Rise

As Chesapeake Bay Waters Rise, One Woman Decides to Stay

Nov 18, 2020
Pamela D'Angelo

Five years ago, scientists said residents of Tangier Island may become among the first climate change refugees in the continental United States.

Others living along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay face a similar fate. And some have decided to live with the rising waters.

Artists, Scientists Capture Ghosts of the Coast

Oct 30, 2020
Pamela D'Angelo

For Halloween, we bring you a different kind of ghost story. And it’s a ghost you’ve likely encountered.

Contest Aims to Find Sea Level Rise Resilience Projects

Feb 13, 2020
Pamela D'Angelo

Money is key to making the Hampton Roads area resilient as land there sinks and sea-level rises, threatening a key part of the state's economy.  Cost estimates run into the billions of dollars.

Now, small businesses are stepping up with solutions.


Scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have been gathering data on sea level rise from tide gauge stations around the United States, including one at the mouth of the James River in Norfolk.

For three years they've issued a so-called sea level rise report card.  Recently released 2019 data confirms sea levels are rising faster than first thought.

Pamela D'Angelo

For seven years, the Virginia Coastal Policy Center has been bringing together experts from around the country to help Virginia plan coastal adaptation and protection from rising waters due to climate change.

The biggest challenge so far is how to pay for it.