Resource November 27, 2019

Meet the Journalist: Alex MacLean

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Ferris wheel damage post Hurricane Sandy: Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Image by Alex MacLean. New Jersey, 2012.
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On the shoreline of the Atlantic coast from Maine to Florida, rising seas will impact over 100...

The subdivision Beach Haven West was carved out of a New Jersey salt marsh beginning in 1945. The passage of the state Wetlands Protection Act of 1970 prevented additional loss of wetlands in New Jersey. Scientists with Rutgers University in New Jersey forecast a rise of sea level along the state’s shoreline of as much as 106 centimeters by 2100. That would inundate a large percentage of this community of almost 4,000 people. Image by Alex MacLean. United States, 2019.
The subdivision Beach Haven West was carved out of a New Jersey salt marsh beginning in 1945. The passage of the state Wetlands Protection Act of 1970 prevented additional loss of wetlands in New Jersey. Scientists with Rutgers University in New Jersey forecast a rise of sea level along the state’s shoreline of as much as 106 centimeters by 2100. That would inundate a large percentage of this community of almost 4,000 people. Image by Alex MacLean. United States, 2019.

Although sea level rise is taking place now in fractions of inches, the impact will accelerate, with mean sea level predicted to be 3 to 6 feet or higher by the end of the century. Rising seas are a relentless, visible indicator of a warming climate, which cannot be ignored or passed off as an anomaly. To help people visualize the magnitude of sea level rise, pilot and photographer Alex MacLean has captured illustrative aerial images along the coast from Maine to Texas. His images tell a story of the vulnerability of this coastline and highlight local strategies to mitigate and adapt to rising waters that will impact more than 100 million people. The photographs from this project document and advance our knowledge of these critical issues in order to stimulate more determined efforts, both individually and collectively, to stem carbon emissions.

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