Tue., May 8, 2012 1:00pm (EDT)

Protecting Tybee From Rising Sea
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga.  —  
Scientists are trying to develop a plan to cope with rising sea levels on Tybee Island. The two-year project will prioritize and address the island’s vulnerabilities. (Photo by Orlando Montoya.)
Scientists are trying to develop a plan to cope with rising sea levels on Tybee Island. The two-year project will prioritize and address the island’s vulnerabilities. (Photo by Orlando Montoya.)
Scientists are trying to develop a plan for an island on the Georgia coast to cope with rising sea levels.

Authorities said the two-year project on Tybee Island will prioritize and address the barrier island's vulnerabilities in order to protect resources and counteract increased flooding from the Atlantic Ocean.

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Georgia Sea Grant, and the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources have teamed up to develop the plan.

City officials were given an overview of the project on Monday.

Potential solutions include sea walls, elevated infrastructure, beach re-nourishment, property buy-outs, and new zoning ordinances that restrict development, said Jason Evans, an analyst with the Carl Vinson Institute.