Paul Kirshen. Photo by Kristi Donahue, UNH-EOS.
Among other things blown away by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 was the notion that climate change was a thing of the future and that humanity had plenty of breathing room before having to gear up against its onslaught.
"Sandy really changed the landscape and caused a step increase in climate change adaptation thinking," says research professor Paul Kirshen.
At least that's what Kirshen, a civil engineer with joint appointments at EOS and the UNH department of civil engineering, is seeing in his line of work.
For example, Kirshen has ongoing climate change adaptation projects underway in the Boston area but after Sandy immediately saw evidence of that step change...