Climate change, driven by greenhouse gases from fossil fuels, warms the atmosphere and oceans and also puts more moisture into the air. This is a combination that brings stronger storms, with strong bursts of rain, and expands the ocean. The result is excessive flooding from flash floods and from coastal storm surges. Our cities and infrastructure have not been designed to cope with these events. So what can and what must we do to adapt?
Klaus H. Jacob, Ph.D., is a geophysicist and a rebuilder. He has worked at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory for over 50 years, and is a renowned earthquake, disaster and climate expert.