Could Floating Cities Be a Haven as Coastlines Submerge?

Dec 23, 2020

Lesser known but gaining notoriety are the floating homes developed over the last two decades around Amsterdam, one of the lowest-lying cities in the world. They include IJburg, a planned residential district east of Amsterdam where more than 120 floating homes will make up "Waterbuurt West," a floating suburb on an inland bay called the IJ. When fully developed, IJburg will support 18,000 floating homes for 45,000 people. But what of the United States, where cities like Boston, New York, Miami, Houston and New Orleans are equally threatened by storm surges and rising seas? Experts say it's a slow process, in part because much of the coastal adaptation conversation has focused on shoreline protection, home elevations and coastal retreat. More here and in Scientific American here.