Flooded Future: Global vulnerability to sea level rise worse than previously understood | Climate Central

Rising-seasFlooding in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 2017. Source: World Meteorological Organization / Flickr

New elevation data show that by midcentury frequent coastal flooding will rise higher than areas currently home to hundreds of millions of people

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • As a result of heat-trapping pollution from human activities, rising sea levels could within three decades push chronic floods higher than land currently home to 300 million people
  • By 2100, areas now home to 200 million people could fall permanently below the high tide line
  • The new figures are the result of an improved global elevation dataset produced by Climate Central using machine learning, and revealing that coastal elevations are significantly lower than previously understood across wide areas
  • The threat is concentrated in coastal Asia and could have profound economic and political consequences within the lifetimes of people alive today
  • Findings are documented in a new peer-reviewed paper in the journal Nature Communications

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