Though experts may dispute the role of human activity in climate change, evidence is mounting that temperatures and sea levels are rising. With 10 of the world’s largest 15 cities located on the coast, metropolitan areas could be greatly affected. In fact, according to a January 5 editorial in The New York Times, New York City “will face a tidal rise of 2 feet or more by 2080” if global warming continues at its current rate.
The 'Rising Currents' project was inspired by a study conducted by the 2007 Latrobe Prize team. The study, On the Water: Palisades Bay, explores the New York/New Jersey Upper Bay region's need for 'soft' ecological solutions to reduce water damage from flooding and storm surge, rather than 'hard' systems such as concrete dams. Click on the slide show icon to view proposed solutions.