Sea Level Rise Will Reshape U.S. Population In All 50 States

NYC flooding, Post Sandy. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


Sea level rise could cause mass migrations that will affect not just the United States’ East Coast, but reshape communities deep in the heart of the country, according to new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week.

People leaving heavily populated coastal communities inundated by flooding will relocate across the U.S. by 2100, including to landlocked states such as Arizona and Wyoming that are “unprepared to accommodate this wave of coastal migrants,” the study found.

Previous research has estimated that by the end of the century, as many as 13.1 million Americans will be displaced from their homes due to sea level rise…

Read Full Article, Yale E360 (04-19-2017)

Original Study: “Migration induced by sea-level rise could reshape the US population landscape”; Nature Climate Change (04-17-2017)

When rising seas transform risk into certainty, The New York Times (04-18-2017)

Resettling the First American Climate Refugees – Louisiana; The New York Times (05-03-2016)

‘Nuisance Flooding’ An Increasing Problem As Coastal Sea Levels Rise, NOAA (07-28-2014)
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