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Sea Level Rise on The Outer Banks

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The sea level is not rising on the Outer Banks any faster than it is rising everywhere else in the world. While there is no denying the ocean is rising, research shows that no one actually knows by how much the ocean will rise or what the actual affects might be.

If you do enough research, you will be able to find articles about sea level rise which claim everything from no rise in the sea level to articles claiming a 7 foot rise in the ocean before the century ends. Water World here we come! One of these predictions will eventually come true, but none of us will be around to say, 'I Told You So'.

The only thing we know for sure is that the authors of all these research papers work with grants and public hysteria generates grant money. Looking back in time at previous scientific scares, in the 80’s we were told most of us would have AIDS by now, we were told we were going to be burnt to a crisp by a hole in the ozone layer, and we were told planes were going to fall out of the sky on Y2K. None of these scientific predictions came true, but the researchers received their grants.

Below are some articles I think we can trust, but who knows. It seems everything and everyone has some kind of motivation these days. You can do more research on the web and find other scientific articles claiming the exact opposite of everything these and other scientific articles claim. There is an article for everything and every point of view, and they all look official!

The articles below predict a 12 inch, 13 inch, and a 14 inch rise in sea level by the end of the century. (3mm = 0.118 inches) This is a far cry from sensationalistic story in the Washington Post.

If you are here because of an interest in buying OBX property and you are concerned about the sea level rise on the Outer Banks and how it might affect your investment, then something else to consider is how long you intend to own the property. Unfortunately, 100 year predictions on seal level rise don’t fit into my personal plans, and by that I mean that no one I know will be around then, so I cannot make my personal plans now, based on 100 year predictions.

Think twice before you make your retirement plans based on a 100 year prediction, unless you figured out how to hang around a lot longer than the rest of us.

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