Parts of the US coastline could suffer “once in a lifetime” extreme flooding every five years before 2050, and it could become a daily occurrence by the end of the century. Climate change is causing sea levels to rise, which is causing more extreme and more frequent flooding across low-lying coastal areas. That is set to get worse as global temperatures increase, research confirmed. According to the study published in Scientific Reports, parts of the US coast will be badly hit by rising seas. A team of scientists, led by the University of Illinois, compared data from 202 tide gauges along the US coastline with future sea-level rise scenarios to predict the rate of future flooding. They found that at three quarters of the tide gauges, the difference between the daily high tide mark and an extreme water level was less than one metre. Most scientific models suggest sea levels will rise by at least one metre by the end of the century, meaning the floods of today will become the high tides of tomorrow.
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