Ben Strauss Talks Katrina on The Weather Channel

Program Summary

The run-up to Hurricane Katrina's 10-year anniversary has many looking to the future about how sea level rise could make a Katrina-like storm more damaging. On Wednesday morning, The Weather Channel's AMHQ hosted Ben Strauss, the vice president of Climate Central's sea level rise program, to talk about the ramifications.

Sea levels have risen by 8 inches this century but are projected to rise by up to 3 feet or more by 2100 and even more into the future. Rising seas will result in a change in flood frequency and severity, making a storm like Katrina even more damaging than it was 10 years ago.  

“Every inch, every foot makes a difference in the damage of a flood,” Strauss said.