"New Data Details the Risk of Sea-Level Rise for U.S. Coastal Cities"

"A new study of sinking and rising land along American coasts offers a more specific understanding of potential flooding in 32 coastal cities."

"A new study of sea-level rise using detailed data on changes to land elevation found that current scientific models may not accurately capture vulnerabilities in 32 coastal cities in the United States.

The analysis, published Wednesday in Nature, uses satellite imagery to detect sinking and rising land to help paint a more precise picture of exposure to flooding both today and in the future.

Nearly 40 percent of Americans live along the coasts, where subsidence, or sinking land, can add significantly to the threat of sea-level rise. While the Gulf Coast experiences many of the most severe cases of subsidence — parts of Galveston, Texas, and Grand Isle, La., are slumping into the ocean faster than global average sea levels are rising — the trend can be found all along the United States shoreline."

Mira Rojanasakul reports for the New York Times March 6, 2024.

Source: NYTimes, 03/07/2024