How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

In a June 2018 report, the Regional Plan Association, a New York-based nonprofit research group, warned of the threats of sea level rise to the area’s airports. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark would all be fine if they take action soon. But New Jersey’s Teterboro, which serves small aircraft and business jets, would be partially flooded by a 1-foot rise in sea level, and 3 feet would completely inundate it. “Over the next 20 to 30 years the airport will slowly start to lose its battle with sea level rise and will need to be replaced,” the report concluded. Its recommendation: Start phasing out Teterboro soon, move its flights to the bigger airports nearby, and make damn sure those can handle an all-too watery future.

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