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Rising seas: Research magazine focuses on sea level rise risks, preparation

Rising seas:  Research magazine focuses on sea level rise risks, preparation

As the flattest state in the U.S., Delaware has a lot to lose in the face of rising seas. An estimated 8 to 11 percent of its land will be inundated by the end of this century, according to the state’s recent sea level rise vulnerability assessment, putting as many as 17,000 homes at risk, among other serious impacts.

The latest issue of the University of Delaware Research magazine showcases UD efforts to prepare for a “new normal,” from a new climate change education initiative for grades 8-12 — a National Science Foundation project that is a partnership with the University of Maryland — to the development of a new salt-tolerant crop plant for coastal farms.