Affiliation: Hussman School of Journalism and Media
In this non-traditional thesis project, I explore three overarching implications of sea-level rise on coastal communities in North Carolina. Across Eastern NC, residents are seeking buyouts but are waiting up to five years to seem them proliferate as floods repeatedly damage homes in the area. In places on the Outer Banks, families who have lived in the area for generations are struggling to stay afloat as flood insurance becomes more and more expensive. And across the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula, farmers are seeing saltwater intrusion disrupt their way of life.