Marshlands stretching across the southeast coast of England may be overwhelmed by rising sea levels in the coming decades, scientists have warned. By testing sediment samples, researchers have tracked sea level changes over the past 10,000 years to predict the future of these precious ecosystems. They found that as seawater encroaches further into these coastal wetlands, marshes around Norfolk and other parts of southeast England could begin to disappear from 2040. The study claims this trend will gradually spread across the rest of the nation as marshes, which provide critical protection against storms, vanish by the end of the century. Ice melting in Scotland at the end of the last ice age lifted an enormous weight off that end of the landmass, meaning it is rising slightly and the northern part of the country avoids the tide for longer.
Independent 12th July 2018 read more »