Sea level rise is accelerating along the East Coast at a faster rate than some other parts of the planet, according to a new study, and residents in the Miami area say they’ve noticed.
The findings, published recently in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, reveal that sea level rise increased from 3 or 4 millimeters per year to 20 from 2011 to 2015. This has caused continual coastal flooding, particularly at high tide, from North Carolina down to South Florida.
These areas where seas are rising much faster than the global norm are known as hot spots, victims of a dramatic increase in water levels for a period of three to five years, the study said. Twenty millimeters per year may seem minuscule, but for Miami residents, it’s dramatic.
“The Miami area started getting almost an inch of sea level (rise) a year,” University of Miami coastal geologist Hal Wanless told Gizmodo. “People noticed that.”
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