Impacts of Global Warming on North Carolina's Coastal Economy

A scientific study was undertaken by researchers at four North Carolina universities to consider three aspects of the state's coastal economy and their vulnerability to a changing climate including: the impacts of sea-level rise on the coastal real estate market, the impacts of sea-level rise on coastal recreation and tourism, and the impacts of stronger tropical storms and hurricanes on business activity. The study used a range of moderate  assumptions, not best- or worst-case scenarios. This brief summary brochure is designed to present the main findings of the study for the benefit of the public and policy makers. The full technical report is available by contacting the project team.

The study was sponsored by the National Commission on Energy Policy as part of their Regional Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation project.


Publication Date: June 21, 2007

Related Organizations:

  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Duke University
  • Appalachian State University
  • East Carolina University Department of Geologic Sciences


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  • Assessment

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