State of Change

Protecting the Shoreline

Clip | 6m 16s | Video has closed captioning.

Rising sea levels and increased development on the NC coast have led to shoreline hardening. However, placing a hard wall along the edge of land to prevent beach erosion destroys ecosystems and doesn’t hold up in storms. Scientists see living shorelines—natural habitats that act as coastal barriers—as a better solution.

Aired: 12/07/21

Rating: NR

Problems Playing Video? | Closed Captioning

State of Change is a local public television program presented by PBS NC.

State of Change is produced with support from the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and is part of the Pulitzer Center’s Connected Coastlines reporting initiative. For more information, go to