How should rising seas be managed? AdvertisementAnother approach is to consider “managed retreat” — or “planned relocation” — a rational approach to the problem from a societal perspective, but one that is difficult to implement at the individual level. There are examples where managed retreat has been effective. Still others may argue that retreat and relocation will have to happen whether we try to “manage” or “plan” for it or not. But we cannot simply build our way out of facing the rising seas.