U.S. Report on Sea Level Rise

According to NOAA-led report, The United States is likely to experience as much sea level rise by year 2050 as it witnessed in last hundred years.

Key Facts

  • The report was released by NOAA, in partnership with other federal agencies.
  • The report is titled as “Sea Level Rise Technical Report”.
  • Report provides up-to-date sea level rise projections for United States, by decade for next 100 years and beyond.
  • It is based on a combination of satellite observations and tide gauge.
  • All the model ensembles from Sixth Assessment Report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Findings of the report

  • This report projects that, sea levels along the coastline will increase an additional 10-12 inches by 2050. Specific amounts will vary regionally, due to land height changes.
  • It updates the sea level rise projection in 2017 by federal government and provides additional information on wind, tide, and storm-driven extreme water levels that affects current and future coastal flood risk.
  • As per report, sea level rise will create a profound increase in frequency of coastal flooding, even in the absence of heavy rainfall or storms.

Significance of the report

The report projections will help businesses and communities they support, make investments and understand risks in upcoming years. This is a global wake-up call and provides information needed to act now in order to best position for the future. The updated data can inform coastal communities and others regarding current and future vulnerabilities in light of climate change. It will also help them in making smart decisions to keep people and property safe in long run.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

IPCC is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations. It is responsible for advancing knowledge on human-induced climate change. IPCC was established in 1988 by World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It comprises of 195 member states.

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