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Study: Sea Level Rise Increasing Major Storms Off New York, New Jersey

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Major storms that once might have hit the coasts of New York and New Jersey every 500 years could soon happen every 25 years or so.  That's one of the findings of a study looking back over 1,000 years.

The study by Penn State, Rutgers, Princeton and Tufts universities and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.

It finds that flood heights have risen nearly 4 feet from the year 1850, largely because of the sea level rise.

Researchers advocate better risk management strategies to cope with future storms.

The study  was released a month before the third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated coastal New York and New Jersey.

It says the risk of flooding increased greatly after the Industrial Revolution.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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