| by Hannah Thomasy

Alejandra Ortiz, assistant professor of geology, was interviewed for an article titled “A Brighter Future for Coral Reef Islands” that appeared in Eos, a source of news and science for the American Geophysical Union. The article reports on new research that shows low-lying coral reef island may be more resilient to rising ocean levels than previously thought. If an island does survive, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily habitable, said Ortiz, a coastal geomorphologist not involved in the study. “For houses and many other types of human infrastructure, waves washing over the island are ‘the definition of destruction,'” she said. “I do firmly believe that the evidence shows that these landscapes, over the next hundred years, are resilient,” she said. “But if you say they’re going to look the same or they’re going to be resilient with humans living on them as they do now—that’s where things start to look more negative.”

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