With climate change come looming questions about the future of Connecticut's shoreline. Among them: How will sea level rise and extreme weather events alter the shape of the state's coast? And what will happen to the residents -- the people and native species -- who live there?
Coming up, local experts join us to offer some insight and talk about the ways municipalities are planning for the challenges that lie ahead.
But first, we take a look at what meteorologists are predicting for hurricane season 2018.
NBC Connecticut’s Ryan Hanrahan says activity in the Atlantic Basin is expected to remain low. We find out why and we also hear from you.
- Ryan Hanrahan - Chief Meteorologist at NBC Connecticut; his blog is called On Ryan’s Radar (@ryanhanrahan)
- Erik Ofgang - Senior Writer at Connecticut Magazine (@erikofgang)
- Dr. Alexander Felson - Ecologist, landscape architect, and associate professor at the Yale School of Architecture (@alex_felson)
- George Kral - Town Planner for the Town of Guilford, Connecticut
- Sharai Lewis-Gruss - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist at First Street Foundation (@LoveRaiRai)
On Ryan's Radar: Where Are The Hurricanes? - "While this year is expected to be a quiet one there is an important cavaet here. It only takes one storm in the wrong place to be catastrophic. One strengthening hurricane near a big city on the Gulf or Atlantic is all it takes to turn a quiet season in terms of numbers into a destructive one in terms of damage."
Connecticut Magazine: Connecticut's Rising Seas: Are Towns and Cities Ready? - "According to DEEP, Connecticut’s shoreline is rising by 2.58 millimeters a year, but many expect that rate to increase, though the rate at which it will increase is unclear. 'We understand that sea-level rise is happening, we understand that more will happen in the future, it’s just a question of how much and how fast,' says Rebecca A. French, director of community engagement at CIRCA, which is based out of the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus."
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.