Tuesday, November 05, 2019

New Land Height Metric Raises Sea Level Rise Risk

Millions of us now live in danger:  we could be at risk from future high tides and winds, says a new approach to measuring land height.

The reality of coastal flooding in Jakarta. (Image Credit: Kompas/Hendra A Setyawan, via Climate Visuals) Click to Enlarge.
Researchers have taken a closer look at estimates of coastal land height – and found that the numbers of people already at risk from sea level rise driven by global heating have multiplied threefold.

More than 100 million people already live below the high tide line, and 250 million live on plains that are lower than the current annual flood heights.  Previous estimates have put these numbers at 28 million, and 65 million.

And even if the world takes immediate drastic action and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the century, at least 190 million people will find themselves below sea level.

If the world’s nations continue on the notorious business-as-usual track and go on burning ever greater volumes of fossil fuels, then around 630 million will, by the year 2100, find themselves on land that will be below the expected annual flood levels.

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