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Script Writer: Kate Yoshida (@KateYoshida) and Alex Reich (@alexhreich)
Script Editor: Emily Elert (@eelert)
Video Illustrator: Ever Salazar (@eversalazar)
Video Director and Narrator: Emily Elert (@eelert)
With Contributions From: Henry Reich (@minutephysics) and Peter Reich
Music by: Nathaniel Schroeder:

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Image Credits:

Oahu Hawaii - Cristo Vlahos

Port of Cape Town - Wikimedia user SkyPixels

Hong Kong - Wikimedia user WiNG

Perth Australia - Public Domain

Maeslantkering closed -

Hartelkering gesloten - Wikimedia user Quistnix

Oosterscheldekering-pohled - Vladimír Šiman

Haringvlietdam 2006 - Wikimedia user Quistnix

Jakarta's flooded streets - VOA Indonesian Service (Public Domain)

Hurricane Patricia - NOAA,_2015,_GOES-15_visible_animation.gif

Permeable "Thirsty" concrete - Tarmac Ltd

Floating Utility Unit - DeltaSync/Blue21

Rijnhavenpark - DeltaSync/Blue21

Tracks and Storms - Robert Allison

NYC Hurricane Evacuation Map - City of New York

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