Kristy Dahl

Climate scientist

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Kristina Dahl is a climate scientist who designs, executes, and communicates scientific analyses that make climate change more tangible to the general public and policy makers. Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change--particularly sea level rise--on people and the places and institutions they care about. Dr. Dahl holds a Ph.D. in paleoclimate from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Cambridge and Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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Flooded by Hurricane Harvey: New Map Shows Energy, Industrial, and Superfund Sites

New analysis shows that more than 650 energy and industrial facilities may have been exposed to Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters. Read more >

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Hurricane Harvey Threatens to Bring Dangerous Storm Surge and Flooding to Texas Coast

Hurricane Harvey has intensified rapidly off the Texas Coast, and the National Hurricane Center is warning Texas residents that “preparations along the middle Texas coast should be rushed to completion today” because winds may be too strong to do so tomorrow. The storm is expected to make landfall on Friday night, almost precisely 12 years since Hurricane Katrina’s landfall. It would be the first direct hurricane hit in Texas since 2008 and, potentially, the first Category 3 hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Read more >

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Floods in Missouri, 2015.

Trump’s Executive Order Will Make America Flood Again (and Again and Again)

On August 15, Trump signed an executive order, repealing an Obama-era executive order that updated the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. With ample evidence that climate change puts federal (and other) infrastructure at risk, it is ultimately American taxpayers who will pay the price for building without regard to sea level rise and the impacts of increasing extreme weather. Read more >

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New Interactive Map Highlights Effects of Sea Level Rise, Shows Areas of Chronic Flooding by Community

A new interactive map tool lets you explore when and where chronic flooding–defined as 26 floods per year or more–will force communities to make hard choices. Here’s how to use it. Read more >

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Pelicans in Alameda. Photo:

The San Francisco Bay Area Faces Sea Level Rise and Chronic Inundation

Sea level rise will affect the Bay Area. A new study by UCS projects when will flooding happen regularly, and what areas will affect to help communities prepare for the changes to come. Read more >

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