Anticipated sea level rise in this area


“Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula” REPORT

The NOP RC&D conducted a multi-stakeholder process in 2014-2015 to collect the best available science to assess the vulnerabilites and priorities for climate change preparedness. More info here.  Please click below to see the Report or Appendices.

To track the region’s progress in implementing the strategies recommended in the report,  check out the Climate Adaptation Dashboard.






  1. Rik Reynolds

    I didn’t read the whole report, but did it factor in plate rise on our side of the Juan de Fuca strait? How many people look at the thick layer of shells on top of Crescent Beach’s island and wonder how they got there. That was once under water.

    Fracking has been shown to cause earthquakes — maybe we should be preempting “The Big One” by stimulating lots of small ones. Little slips and shocks are easier to absorb and maybe we can raise ourselves up high enough to keep our streets above water?

    Does the report also take into consideration that a lot of the ice that’s melting is floating right now? Does the level of water in a glass rise as the ice in it melts? No.

    There are lots of reasons to limit greenhouse gases like CO2 (ocean acidification for one) but is it possible rising sea levels are over done as a threat? Sure, some low-lying countries are underwater already, but they were always a hurricane away from submersion and uninhabitability anyway. And as the climate warms hurricanes and cyclones increase in frequency and power. This is a greater threat than sea-level rise. Areas like New Orleans are sinking anyway, and should be abandoned, except as strategic sea ports. Trying to maintain residential areas there is a fool’s errand.

  2. Anonymous

    Rik, you once again make pronouncements on issues you obviously know little about.

    You say: “Does the report also take into consideration that a lot of the ice that’s melting is floating right now? Does the level of water in a glass rise as the ice in it melts? No”

    The areas that are warming the fastest, are the Arctic and above. Tens of degrees warmer than “normal”. Yes, floating ice is melting. But so are huge areas of land based ice. Ever heard of Greenland?

    I could post dozens of URLs to prove the point, but I’m not going to waste any more time.

    Fortunately, responsible decision makers don’t pay attention to nonsense like this!

    1. Rik Reynolds

      The planet is warming, not just the poles, so increased evaporation at equatorial regions is going to fuel more rain in temperate zones. No one really knows how this is going to play out. All I was saying is that there are many factors influencing inundation of low-lying coastal areas, some of which may ameliorate the effects. Increased evaporation increases cloud cover, which cools via reflecting heat, and warms by holding heat in. It’s not a simple system, as record levels of snow in previously drought-ridden California demonstrate. I was not denying global warming or sea-level rise; only noting that there are many effects at play here and it’s more complex than simply saying the glaciers are melting. How do you explain the 20′ of snow at Mt. Shasta? Obviously things have been cooling there. Post using your real name.

      1. Another Anon

        You might want to educate yourself more before you state things publicly, Mr. Reynolds.

        According to official records, last year (2016) was the hottest year since records have been kept. This followed to two previous years, both of which were also the hottest years on record. The 15 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2000.

        To remind you, we are only in the 3 month of 2017.

        Only people who do not understand weather dynamics make statements such as your “How do you explain the 20′ of snow at Mt. Shasta? Obviously things have been cooling there.” No credible science based observer will ever point to individual events as proof of long range patterns.

        There is no doubt the planet is heating up rapidly. There is no doubt the ice masses around the world are melting, from the glaciers in the Olympic National Park, the glaciers in the Himalayas that provide water to tens of millions, the glaciers in South America that provide water for millions there, the ice shelf on Greenland (as previously noted by Anonymous) and the ice in both the North and South poles.

        Also relevant is that we are doing nothing to stop the cause of the warming planet, that is changing the climate all over the world. Under the Obama administration, the US became the world’s top oil producer. The world’s industrialized nations are generating more greenhouse gases now, than ever before.

        Port Angeles’ economy relies on repairing oil tankers. You know? Those big boats with “Chevron” plastered on them, in the harbor?

        Yes, there are other factors that will affect coastal cities. With the increased warming, storms are getting more powerful (You do realize the sun’s energy fuels storms, right?), and when they hit a coastal city, more intense winds drive water higher up on land. They call that “storm surge”.

        And, much more.


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