January 31, 2013

Professor Reviews Sea Levels Before, After Hurricane Sandy. In his lecture at the Wright-Rieman Auditorium entitled “Sandy comes to the Jersey Shore: Past, Present, and Future,” Rutgers professor of earth and planetary sciences and CECI affiliate Ken Miller described the factors that made Hurricane Sandy into a so called superstorm. Although Miller said Sandy cannot be directly attributed to global warming, he did say that increasing storm intensity can, and that a 1.8 millimeter rise in sea level over the last century certainly did not help either. Miller also pointed to the melting of polar ice caps as providing more water and energy for storms, further adding to the intensity of storms.