Collapse of Antarctic glaciers seems to be unstoppable
The New scientist, May 12, 2014
Parts of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet are already collapsing and probably can’t be saved. Two independent studies suggest that several glaciers have gone past the point of no return, dooming them to fall into the sea and cause several meters of sea level rise.. (1 Meter = 3.28 ft)
“This is really happening,” Thomas P. Wagner, who runs NASA’s programs on polar ice and helped oversee some of the research, said in an interview. “There’s nothing to stop it now. But you are still limited by the physics of how fast the ice can flow.”
These studies show that whatever the cause, Humboldt County (along with everywhere else) is facing inundation of its coastal land. The Examiner’s question is; When do we start planning for and investing in solutions for what will be a very different shoreline in two hundred years. Of course, that assumes that this conservative timeline holds true, since every other timeline involving the climate change is being broken at a rapid pace.
The entire 101 corridor would be threatened along with some of Eureka’s main areas of commerce. It seems to us now is the time to start planning for this and refocusing money and infrastructure. This is going to be a monumental undertaking, especially since we can’t even agree on a general plan update in any kind of timely fashion. We shouldn’t wait until the 11th hour on this important matter.
USGS Inundation maps for reference: