NASA predicts rising seas could overwhelm US shores by 2050

Sea levels are likely rising faster than previously thought, meaning low-lying coastal cities across the United States could experience flooding much more regularly over the next few decades, a NASA study has found.

According to the study, which analyzed three decades of Satellite observations, by 2050, sea levels along the coasts of the contiguous United States could rise up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) above current waterlines, the research team said in a press release (opens in a new tab). The Gulf Coast and Southeast are expected to be hardest hit and will likely see increased flooding from storms and tides in the near future, according to the study published Oct. 6 in the journal. Earth & Environment Communications (opens in a new tab).

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