The Hard Edge

Part One of a Seven Part Series on What Happens at the Ocean Edge

This week we kick off a 7-part series dedicated to the ocean edge, exploring what takes place there, from the real to the symbolic. This week we’ll take you through the history of the industrial development and management of ports, wetlands and watersheds, and we’ll share some modern examples of hard-edge engineering and the challenges for existing structures in the face of projected sea level rise, storm surge and coastal flooding.

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Thames Barrier, U.K. designed to protect London, England from storm surge. Back in 2013 Dr. Richard Bloore of the Thames Barrier Project Management Team has stated that the flood barrier was not designed with increased storm and sea level rise in mind, and called for a new barrier to be looked into immediately.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Dutch have long used the hard edge concept to protect the more than two thirds of Holland that sit at or below sea level. Image credit: Adrien Olichon on Unsplash
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Dedicated to sharing information about ocean issues: climate to trade, culture to governance. The sea connects all things. Online at WorldOceanObservatory.org.

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