Manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, all have needs that require waterfront venues, however, direct water access introduces the risk of coastal hazards such as flooding and erosion. These hazards can pose a significant threat to the development and sustainability of coastal communities and infrastructure. In particular, major destructive coastal events can result in staggering loss of life and property damages.
In this article, Phil Osborne, Principal, Senior Coastal Geomorphologist and Janya Kelly, Climate Change and Air Quality Specialist, at Golder, a member of WSP, address the question, is it better to stay the course and pay increasing expenses to mitigate and address coastal hazards and face increasing risk of life loss, or is it better to plan to retreat from the coast?
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