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Sea level rise cause doubling of high tide flooding – Prof Benjamin Horton comments in The New York Times
According to a new report from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, record high tide flooding was recorded in many locations throughout the US last year, but more importantly, the national average frequency of high tide flooding has doubled in the past 30 years, revealing a clear trend towards increased flooding as the sea level continues to rise.
When asked by The New York Times to comment on the study’s results ASE’s Professor Benjamin Horton, expert on sea level change, called it "a warning, a shot across the bow". He said "across the whole of the U.S. coastline, we are in dire need of action". The rise in sea level and flooding frequency presented in the report is expected to continue, causing increasing inconvenience to coastal communities. Professor Horton and colleges have predicted a rise in seal level by an additional 1.4 feet (0.4 meters) by 2050 in the seas off New Jersey.
Professor Horton’s research focuses on sea-level changes caused by climate variability and tectonics (e.g., earthquakes and tsunamis) throughout the globe and from a variety of environments ranging from salt-marshes and mangroves to coral microatolls.
Read The New York Times article here: https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/06/06/us/ap-us-nuisance-flooding.html
Read more about Prof. Benjamin Horton’s research here: https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/06/06/us/ap-us-nuisance-flooding.html