Rising Sea Levels Put 13 Million American Homes At Risk Of Flooding

Posted: Mar 15 2016, 5:26am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 15 2016, 5:41am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Rising Sea Levels Put 13 Million American Homes At Risk of Floods
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  • Over 13 Million American Homes may be Threatened in 2100 by Rising Sea Levels

It is said that over 13 million American homes may be threatened in the year 2100 by rising sea levels. Steps are being taken to avert this long term future scenario.

Research is being done and it will aid policy makers in the aversion of certain disaster in the future. About 13 million American homes are liable to be threatened by rising sea levels by the time the next century comes along.

By employing the statistics on all 319 counties on the coastal regions of the United States, a risk assessment was carried out. The long term consequences of coastal flooding are not pretty to look at. 

The study was published on March 14 in the journal Nature Climate Change.

The forecasts for the year 2100 show that a sea level rise of more than six feet will take place along the coastal regions of the United States. Florida has 6 million residents who are in the high risk category. One million also exist in California and Louisiana. 

By the year 2100, sea levels could increase by 3 to 6 feet. Even if the rise is only 3 feet, over 4.2 million coastal denizens could be at risk.  

"The impact projections are up to three times larger than current estimates, which significantly underestimate the effect of sea level rise in the United States," Hauer said. "In fact, there are 31 counties where more than 100,000 residents could be affected by 6 feet of sea level rise."

"This research merges population forecasts with sea level rise. It gives policymakers more detailed information to help them assess how sea level rise will affect people and infrastructure," he said.

Current forecasts are hardly up to the mark and don’t really give us a full understanding of the danger that lies in the future. More than 100,000 residents are at risk. Policymakers have quite a headache on their hands.

Practical steps will have to be taken to protect the land from getting flooded by rising sea levels. Projections show that the chances of massive level floods are there for the long term future.

We will have to make adaptations. Furthermore, sometimes the population growth levels along the coasts is such that a great many people are concentrated in a small space. They are in particular danger when the deluges come.   

The solutions are expensive. America’s communities most likely to face the floods include: Monroe Count, Hyde County and Tyrrell County. 10% of the population of Georgia’s coastal regions could be at risk.

18% in Chatham County and 29% in Glynn County face the same problem. 16% in San Mateo County and 10% in Nassau County also are up against this problem.

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