By the Numbers: Rising Water

“I think Norfolk is, in the long term, fighting for its existence, its very existence. And this is the part of climate change that I don’t think most Americans have really come to grips with – that virtually every coastal city is in a fight for its existence. They just don’t know it yet.”

~ Retired Rear Adm. David Titley, Oct. 2017

$129 billion
Value of buildings located in flood zones in New York City

$3 Billion
Estimated cost of the Big U, a wall of berms and public spaces proposed to surround lower Manhattan in New York City to protect it from rising sea levels and storm surges

Expected years before rising sea levels severely diminish functions at Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia, the largest in the world

$100 million
Federal funding the City of Norfolk received in 2016 for flood-prevention infrastructure

28 million
Acres of land managed by the U.S. Department of Defense

Number of coastal installations managed by the Department of Defense

$15 billion
Minimum value of Florida real estate that will be underwater by 2050

$23 billion
Debt of the National Flood Insurance Program

Sources:  The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World; Risky Business Project

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