A synthesis of sea level rise impacts on water infrastructures in coastal South Carolina and adaptation countermeasures undertaken
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A synthesis of sea level rise impacts on water infrastructures in coastal South Carolina and adaptation countermeasures undertaken

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    Sea level rise is a slowly emerging threat that has already started to pose significant challenges to residents and public agencies across various low-lying coastal regions in the southeastern United States. Increased tidal flooding, both in terms of intensity and frequency, along with rising water tables and salt-water intrusion into freshwater aquifers, are the major consequences of sea level rise in coastal South Carolina communities. Among several aspects that amplify these consequences, the aged, inadequate and outdated water infrastructure is of cardinal importance. It is crucial that this infrastructure be effectively renovated to cope up with the anticipated challenges of sea level rise in the years to come. As part of a research study sponsored by the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, representatives from various water infrastructure-​related agencies (hereafter referred to as the Research Stakeholder Group or RSG members) operating in the region are engaged to learn about the perceived challenges and pressing outstanding needs in the context of sea level rise and resultant consequences. Relevant published documents were also reviewed to complement the understanding of the challenges and needs of the region. The overarching research study will comprise several follow-up tasks that include impact modeling of stormwater infrastructure and surveying of best practices for adaptation of stormwater systems to sea level rise.
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