A Photographer Explores Climate Change on North Carolina’s Outer Banks

July 6, 2015

By David Walker


Ernie Foster, who lives in Hatteras, runs the Albatross Fleet, a deep-sea fishing business on the Outer Banks. Foster’s family can be traced back several generations in Hatteras.

Scientists predict that rising sea levels will inundate significant portions of North Carolina’s Outer Banks within a century. But flooding and shifting sands are already chronic nuisances. Beach houses are falling into the sea. Deeply vested in the culture and economy, residents are arguing over what, if anything, they should be doing about it. The slow-motion crisis is the subject...

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