When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of US Coastal Communities
by Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Kristina Dahl, Astrid Caldas, Shana Udvardy, Rachel Cleetus, Pamela Worth, Nicole Hernandez Hammer
This analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists details when and where chronic inundation and coastal flooding will affect US communities. Researchers examine the potential for rising sea levels to disrupt human life and provide a timeline for affected communities to respond. The study finds that by 2035, about 170 communities will be subject to chronic inundation, and by 2100, 40-60% of East and Gulf coastal communities will experience chronic inundation, but concludes that aggressive action can slow these effects of climate change.