As our technology improves, so does our data. Where does sea level rise lead us? Do we abandon today's waterfront and move back a mile, or more? Do we build sea walls? Can we restore more natural coastal vegetation to blunt some of the surge? What does all this mean to our quality of life and resilience?
Of course many people tune out these warnings. They simply don't listen when the metrics around climate change swirl around them like the seas will some day. Insurance companies see it, of course. Some communities are bracing more than others. This is not a moment to dip your toe in the water and check the temperature. The temperature is rising. Water is seeping up. We have billions of lives and dollars at stake. We know Mother Nature never blinks first. How we react, and then act in unison to prepare for pending storms and coastal flooding, is one crises we cannot kick down the road.