"This study examines the potential implications of sea level rise for efforts to control erosion of the beach at Ocean City, Maryland, a typical Atlantic Coast resort. Because current trends in sea level and other factors are already causing significant erosion at Ocean City and other ocean beach resorts, strategies for addressing coastal erosion constitute a class of near-term decisions that may depend on sea level rise. Because land and improvements are often worth well over one million dollars per acre in these areas, and erosion increases the likelihood of storm damage and federal disaster payments, the success of erosion control measures bas great economic importance to the nation. We hope that this report will promote a reasoned consideration of the long-term consequences of sea level rise, and thereby enhance the eventual success of erosion control strategies at Ocean City and other coastal communities."
Environmental Protection Agency, EPA 230-10-85-013
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