Study reveals that the water levels have been on the rise due to global warming phenomenon and will increase the possibility of flooding at more frequent intervals.
The third anniversary of the flood Sandy looms closer. Sandy struck the New York and New Jersey coasts on Oct. 30, 2012, killing dozens of people and causing $50 billion in damage. It is a time when people are remembering all the people they lost in the tragic catastrophe.
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Researchers however chose this time to highlight the facts impeding to the floods. A study recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has recorded the rising levels of waters over the past few years.
They recorded that the water level has risen four feet between the years 850 and 2005. This rise has been caused by the onset of global warming caused by human activity. The rate increases every day as the global warming breaks down and melts more and more glacial and ice bodies. The result for New York is bad.
The city and its surrounding area have been warned that Sandy might not be the first flood to hit the city. People anticipating that the trouble is over for some 800 years to come, they would be wrong.
The researchers recorded that the rise in the water indicates that the coastal area is now at the probability of being affected by floods every 25 years. Sandy caused major destruction with many of New York City's subway and traffic tunnels flooded.
The storm surge breached the sea walls on the southern tip of Manhattan. The high storm surge was the result of a combination of factors, including rising sea level, high tide and the storm's force. Imagine that happening every 25 years. The city will not be stable anymore.
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Adam Sobel, a Columbia University atmospheric scientist who was not part of the study, told the Associated Press that the study is just one more in the collection of good studies adding certainty to what we know already, which is that coastal cities around the world — including New York, but we're not the only one, nor the worst — are in trouble.