USA: Hurricane-damaged air force base has an opportunity to rebuild for resilience

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Scientific American, a Division of Nature America, Inc.

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Rebuilding the hurricane-wrecked Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida will come with a massive price tag, but experts say it offers a chance to make the base more resilient to the effects of extreme weather.

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Tyndall had a local economic impact of just over $596 million in fiscal 2017, according to a report by the base.

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The damage at Tyndall raises questions about the military’s vulnerability, especially at coastal installations, to climate change as it fuels more extreme storms.

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Rebuilding also provides an opportunity to add renewable energy such as solar or wind power, and microgrids that can withstand storms, said Shana Udvardy, a climate resilience analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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