NASA predicts rising seas could swamp the US coasts by 2050 - Space.com

NASA predicts rising seas could swamp the US coasts by 2050 - Space.com

NASA predicts rising seas could swamp the US coasts by 2050 - Space.com
Nov 29, 2022 1 min, 29 secs

faster than previously thought, a new NASA study finds.

Sea levels are likely rising faster than previously thought, meaning low-lying coastal cities in the U.S.

According to the study, which analyzed three decades of satellite observations, by 2050, sea levels along the coastlines of the contiguous U.S.

coasts within the next 30 years, predicting 10 to 14 inches (25 to 35 cm) of rise on average for the East Coast; 14 to 18 inches (35 to 45 cm) for the Gulf Coast; and 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm) for the West Coast.".

Related: Historic sea level rise predicted by NASA and government task force.

We know that sea level rise is accelerating and we know why," he told Live Science in an email.

Clearly, the sea level rise will get worse as long as we let climate change continue.".

"The study shows that the global ocean is rising, and more than that, the rise is accelerating.

The study indicated that the issues associated with rising sea levels could be "amplified by natural variabilities on Earth," such as the effects of El Niño and La Niña by the mid-2030s, with every U.S.

 —  Sea levels might rise much faster than thought, data from Greenland suggest.

 —  Melting ice sheets will add over 15 inches to global sea level rise by 2100.

Ben Hamlington, leader of the NASA Sea Level Change Team, noted that natural events and phenomena will always need to be taken into consideration, and said that all forecasts will inevitably be refined as satellites gather data over time.

I think this [increased flooding] is catalyzing action, as many coastal communities are discussing these issues and how they respond," said Robert Nicholls, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the U.K., who was not involved with the study.

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