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For the community of Hampton Roads climate change is very relevant and should be given more attention in the near future. This is evident by the great rise in sea level due to Hampton’s Roads coastal location, which is 14 inches higher than it was in 1950. This region is experiencing some of the highest rates of sea level rise along the Atlantic and is only second to New Orleans as the largest U.S. population center at risk. This is also very threatening for cities that contain various military facilities such as Norfolk in being the NATO location in North America. The best way to protect my community is to demand more help from the NOAA, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in building flood barriers to protect infrastructure and eventually relocating them for long-term solutions. The NOAA hosts quarterly meetings in the region to foster coordination, exchange ideas and share best practices. Project Lead the Way programs in Hampton Roads should take action by attending the NOAA quarterly meetings to persuade climate leaders that these barriers can be closed against storm surges and spring tides to prevent flooding and an increase in sea level.