USA Today] The U.S. Naval Academy, JFK Airport, the Jefferson Memorial and President Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago estate all could be underwater by the year 2100.
That's the doomsday prediction of a worst-case
scenario of sea levels rising out of control by the end of the century,
according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Climate Central, a non-profit environmental research group.
report in January included an extreme sea-level rise forecast of 10 to
12 feet of sea-level rise by 2100 around the U.S., compared to the
previous estimate of about 8 feet.
Climate Central then created images that showed what such extreme water rises would look like.
New York City, for instance, an average high tide would be 2 feet
higher than Hurricane Sandy’s flood level, covering an area inhabited by
more than 800,000 residents.
Florida would be the most affected
state by total population, followed by New York, California, Virginia,
and New Jersey. Hawaii and Louisiana would rank second and third by
percentage of population affected, after Florida, also first in this
“It’s a scenario that we hope never occurs,” said William
Sweet, a NOAA oceanographer who coordinated production of the agency’s
January report, “It’s probably very unlikely, but definitely possible.”
seas have risen and fallen before. What's new is the enormity of
coastal development that will need to be protected, moved or abandoned.
level has risen nearly 8 inches worldwide since 1880 but, unlike water
in a bathtub, it doesn't rise evenly. In the past 100 years, it has
climbed about a foot or more in some U.S. cities because of ocean
currents and land subsidence — 11 inches in New York and Boston, 12 in
Charleston, 16 in Atlantic City, 18 in Norfolk and 25 in Galveston,
Texas, according to NOAA. Read More