“This is a compelling history of the near-future. Read it to understand the pressures that will shape our planet as the century wears on—and read it as a reminder that we must act now to keep things from getting worse than they must.” — Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
“For decades the Pilkeys have been unafraid to provide straight talk about the reality of our tense relationship with the coast, whether it's the nature of our highly dynamic coastal landscape, the impacts of shoreline armoring, or the reality of climate change. Here they provide a clear-eyed and sober view of America's future with rapidly rising seas and how woefully unprepared we are for what very well might be our nation's biggest challenge.” — Chad Nelsen, CEO, Surfrider Foundation
"Sea Level Rise is written in direct, nontechnical language that’s absent of dramatic innuendo and is full of information and documentation regarding the anticipated effects of a rising sea level. Ignoring its message could have severe consequences." — Barry Silverstein, Foreword Reviews
"Careful, thoughtful, conservative — and profoundly disturbing." — Ben Steelman, Wilmington Star-News
"[Orrin Pilkey and Keith Pilkey] identify the legal, political and financial decisions required to cope with sea level rise as it threatens nearly every aspect of American life, including commerce and shipping, the military, tourism and the design and functioning of major cities. The sober assessment questions whether the recent trend toward building resilient coastal communities is even possible." — Debbie Elliott, NPR