Sean Bath 
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Geography Ph.D. Student at the University of South Carolina and 2016 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow at the U.S. Navy

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Re: “Worst flooding still to come as tide grows

For those asking for data:

http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/…

NOAA technical report on nuisance tide increases with Charleston data highlighted on p. 13. http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/publicati…

As short as you'll get from me: There is substantial scientific evidence that there is relative sea level rise in Charleston since tidal records began. There is substantial evidence that tidal flooding has increased faster than the linear trend. There is not yet substantial evidence that the sea level rise rate has accelerated compared to the 20th century. There is substantial evidence (greater than 90%) to say that sea level will rise anywhere between 1 ft. (historic trend) and 6 ft. by 2100. Please note the large range, there is uncertainty in the degree of acceleration within the time span, but a good deal of certainty that it will happen. Lastly, there is substantial evidence that Charleston will be severely affected even at the historic rate of sea level rise (because look at us now).

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Posted by Sean Bath on October 1, 2015 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Patrick Allitt calls out environmental alarmists in A Climate of Crisis

nofaith. There were several peer reviewed studies conducted on what scientists thought. These studies were then taken up by the media and passed along. You can see a video from the lead author here: http://bcove.me/c1li8rcl

NASA's into it as well: http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consens…

These are the citations to some other studies:

W. R. L. Anderegg, “Expert Credibility in Climate Change,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol. 107 No. 27, 12107-12109 (21 June 2010); DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1003187107.

P. T. Doran & M. K. Zimmerman, "Examining the Scientific Consensus on Climate Change," Eos Transactions American Geophysical Union Vol. 90 Issue 3 (2009), 22; DOI: 10.1029/2009EO030002.

N. Oreskes, “Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change,” Science Vol. 306 no. 5702, p. 1686 (3 December 2004); DOI: 10.1126/science.1103618.

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Posted by Sean Bath on April 3, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Patrick Allitt calls out environmental alarmists in A Climate of Crisis

I wonder to what degree he examines the state of the scientific literature at each historic scare? Climate change as an issue has widespread buy in within the scientific community (97% by one survey). I actually doubt something like the overpopulation scare had wide scientific buy in... maybe a few names. Even as someone who communicates the findings of climate science, I see laymen opinions that veer off what science tells us. Its normal. But these past events don't nearly have the hard evidence that exists for human induced climate change.

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Posted by Sean Bath on April 3, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Stinney hearing today; CofC will name prez in March; Flood insurance relief on the way?

I believe the delay of the flood insurance law is still in the Senate.

Posted by Sean Bath on January 25, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Climate change campaign makes stop at the Battery

No, it isn't. You're acting as though 6 feet by 2100 is impossible. It's very possible. That is exactly what calls attention to treating the issue seriously. Should beach front property owners go selling their homes right now? No, that's just bad policy. But should new home owners purchase beach front property with the intention of living there their entire lives? Definitely not, and the above program informs people why.

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Posted by Sean Bath on July 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

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