Opinion: 'What's Next After Superstorm Sandy?'
In an opinion piece for CNN, geologists and oceanographers argue, in some cases, for letting nature take its course.
In their natural state, barrier islands are constantly changing as they're reshaped by wind, waves, tides and sea level. Researchers suggest in a new opinion piece for CNN that we may be fighting a losing battle by developing these islands and rebuilding after storms like Sandy.
The opinion is written, in part, by Rob Thieler — a graduate of Mainland Regional High School and former member of the Ocean City Beach Patrol. Thieler is now a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Mass.