According to a recent assessment from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), sea level around the United States’ coasts might increase by an average of ten to twelve inches over the next 30 years.
If that is the case, it would be the equivalent of the past century’s sea level increase. This is unquestionably bad news…
This collaborative effort, the first since 2017, provides forecasts through the year 2150 and information to assist communities in assessing prospective changes in average tidal heights and height-specific threshold frequencies as they attempt to adapt to sea level rise.
The analysis revealed the unexpected fact that destructive floods might occur “ten times more often than they do now” by 2050. Coastal cities such as New York City and Miami may potentially begin to see frequent flooding on clear, storm-free days.
Today’s disruptive, sunny day high tide flooding is a rising issue in many towns, but it will deteriorate into severe floods in 30 years as a result of this foot or more sea level rise in many East and Gulf Coast locations.
It’s important to remember that this grim scenario just depicts what we’re on course to achieve if we maintain current emission levels. The more emissions produced, the more warming and sea level rise will occur.
Several international leaders are attempting to mitigate their country’s role to anthropogenic climate change. Thus, there is some chance that we may avert this doomsday scenario.
Reference- CNN, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Report, The Washington Post