An idea for surviving future storms: Raise coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - People along the coast have a few options in an era of climate change expected to bring more intense storms and the kind of devastation seen with Superstorm Sandy: They can move away from the shore, elevate buildings or build levees.

But a pair of scientists at Georgia Tech and Clemson University suggests another alternative, although it sounds a bit like science fiction. Their research shows it is possible to raise the coastline itself.

Engineers Leonid Germanovich and Lawrence Murdoch are proposing to inject sediment-laden slurry into hydraulic fractures in the ground. If repeated in adjacent areas and over a wide area, it works to push up the surface.

Both scientists agree there is an awful lot to be worked out in attempting to raise the ground level.