Coastal Management surveying opinions on sea levels

July 23, 2009 

The N.C. Division of Coastal Management wants to know if you think the state should worry about rising sea levels.

The agency is conducting a survey to get a handle on people's perceptions of rising sea levels and the state's vulnerability to such change.

It is asking questions such as "Do you believe sea level rise is happening in North Carolina, and do you think your property or finances will be affected?" and "Do you think that the State should be taking steps now to plan and prepare for sea level rise?"

"We are seeking responses from a diverse audience," Tancred Miller, coastal policy analyst for the state agency and the primary author of the survey, said in a press release. "Whatever an individual’s knowledge or belief about sea level rise, everyone’s perceptions are of great interest to us."

The survey can be taken at the department's Web site. Responses will be accepted until Aug. 31.

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