Retreat from a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change


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Columbia University Press
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6.3 X 1.0 X 9.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus, Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, at Duke University. His books include A Celebration of the World's Barrier Islands and Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can't Predict the Future.

Linda Pilkey-Jarvis is a geologist at the Washington State Department of Ecology, where she helps manage the state's oil-spills program. She is the coauthor, with Orrin H. Pilkey, of Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can't Predict the Future.

Keith C. Pilkey is an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration. He has an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and a juris doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law. He is coauthor, with Orrin H. Pilkey, of Global Climate Change: A Primer.


Retreat from a Rising Sea is a landmark work long overdue. The book offers deep analysis, case histories, and names villains of denial. It offers visions, solutions, and historic examples of how coastal cities and communities have dealt in the past and will need to cope in the future with rising coastal risks. It is a must-read for coastal residents and policy makers alike. If this book had been written ten years ago, the world would be better off.--Klaus Jacob, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University Earth Institute
Retreat from a Rising Sea is a book that should be read by everyone concerned about our coasts. In its passion to explain the conclusion that science clearly indicates, it signals the urgency of our retreat from the coast.--Carl Hobbs, author of The Beach Book
In Retreat from a Rising Sea, the authors raise tough and crucial questions about living in coastal communities in an era of rising seas and more frequent superstorms. In highlighting the vulnerabilities of many cities and communities in the United States and around the world, they provide a sobering wake-up call for policy makers and planners--and for the billions of people on the front lines of a changing climate.--Vicki Arroyo, executive director, Georgetown Climate Center, and professor from practice, Georgetown University Law Center
This accessible, impassioned argument considers the scientific, political, and socioeconomic dimensions of climate change and fervently presses for Americans to come to terms with the disastrous changes to the world's oceans sooner rather than later.--Publishers Weekly
Clear and authoritative . . . If only our leaders would read this book.--Miami Herald
I recommend the book to young and old who are interested in making a better future by encouraging managed retreat from developed shores.--Journal of Coastal Research
The book provides an excellent overview of how fast sea level is rising...well-written, easy to read, and has a message that needs to be clearly heard and acted upon.--Weather Underground