Storm Surge: A Coastal Village Battles the Rising Atlantic

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UPNE, Jul 1, 2004 - Business & Economics - 153 pages
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On January 2, 1987, a fierce noríeaster stalled off Cape Codís Nauset Beach. Pounding waves flattened the low dunes and a foot-high storm surge breached the fragile barrier. Tons of sand and water cascaded through the break. Overnight, the village of Chatham, Massachusetts, faced an amount of sea level rise that most coastal communities wonít face for years.

Storm Surge tells the dramatic story of the people of Chatham and how they battled to survive the sudden and unexpected disaster. It interweaves the stories of homeowners whose houses were swept away and the fishermen whose livelihoods were threatened, with the public brawls that erupted between dedicated scientists, environmental bureaucrats, law enforcement agencies, and attorneys. It puts a human face on the larger story of other coastal communities around the globe that must inevitably come to grips, as Chatham did, with the environmental impact of a changing world.
  

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This slim book describes the effect of storm-accelerated coastal erosion on the town of Chatham, Massachusetts, and how the problem is viewed by homeowners, fishers, scientists, and engineers. Sargent ... Read full review

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I read "Storm Surge" as research for a book I am writing, and it certainly was helpful and interresting. William Sargent is an intelligent, informed, and entertaining writer, and he effortlessly makes ... Read full review

Contents

February 1987
9
Chapter
17
Chapter 4
25
May 1987
35
Chapter 8
43
Chapter 11
55
Chapter 13
63
Chapter 15
69
February 29 1992
97
Chapter 21
103
Chapter 22
109
Chapter 23
115
Chapter 5
123
Chapter 26
127
Chapter 27
133
Chapter 28
139

Chapter 17
79
19921994
91
Afterword
145
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WILLIAM SARGENT is a consultant for the NOVA Science series and has written numerous books about science and the environment including A Year in the Notch: Exploring the Natural History of the White Mountains (UPNE, 2001) and Crab Wars: A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism, and Human Health (UPNE, 2002)

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