Geology

Officials weigh how to address the effects of climate change at Jamestown

Officials weigh how to address the effects of climate change at Jamestown

Underground monitoring wells and drone-mapping are the first steps in determining how to save a colonial outpost from the effects of climate change.

The threat posed to Historic Jamestowne, the first permanent English settlement in the New World, by climate change has been on the minds of preservationists and scientists for years. Now, the agencies tasked with preserving the island’s history have taken the first steps in new efforts to address threats created by climate change.

“The outlook is they’re talking about as much as a meter of sea level rise,” Jamestown Rediscovery senior staff archaeologist David Givens said, adding the United States Geological Survey study he...

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