On Friday, the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission Science Panel meets in New Bern to begin discussions on the 2020 Sea Level Rise Assessment. The panel reviews scientific data and makes projections of how sea-level rise affects different locations along the North Carolina coast over a 30-year time frame. The 2020 report updates previous assessments from 2010 and 2015 said Tancred Miller, the Coastal and Ocean Policy Manager with the Division of Coastal Management.
"We know that some local governments do use these rates when they think about local ordinances or when they think about land-use planning. To date, I'm not aware that any state agencies have used this in their long-range planning."
The assessment from 2015 estimates 2.4 inches to 5.4 inches of sea-level rise in the next 30 years. The CRC's science panel meets Friday at 11 am at the Craven County Cooperative Extension Office. The meeting is open to the public.