How might we adapt to threats of displacement caused by climate change?

An estimated 13 million Americans will be displaced by rising sea levels by the end of the 21st Century. How might we mitigate displacement caused by climate change? Also, how might we help communities better adapt to living in areas impacted by sea level rise?

I totally second this. I think this should be one of the challenges we need to think about and incentivize solutions for.

I wonder, @lancemcneill, whether we should also include mention of the potential benefits that climate change might have on people’s life, and how we can use them for the betterment of people’s lives. I know it sounds crazy, but if the sea level will indeed rise, won’t it mean for example that some new cities will become port cities? Or that some areas will be able to obtain food from the sea?

I know it sounds a little crazy, but this seems to be an aspect of climate change that no one is talking about. Not just how “might we adapt” to the changes, but “how can we actively make the changes work for us”.

There’s a Dutch architectural company that builds houses on water:
https://www.waterstudio.nl

Nice! I see they’re even explicitly doing that with climate change in mind.

Definitely, and thank you for responding! I think adaptation is a broad enough term that it can include ways to maintain a quality of life and remain in areas affected by sea level rise.

True that, although I would love to think how we can actually make lemonade out of those lemons, instead of just diluting them until they can be swallowed.

The global problem I see is changing climates. In particular, large areas of the earth will be too dry to support much life unless–we solve the problems of fresh water. If we can move water around the planet in beneficial ways, it will create needed space for habitation. Hmm, maybe we can repurpose pipelines no longer needed for petroleum transport.

Here in the Netherlands, there are proposals to repurpose natural gas pipelines to green hydrogen.