Mid to North Atlantic SLR “like a car on a highway jamming on the accelerator”

A new article finds that sea level rise is happening faster, and sometimes far faster, in the middle to northern stretches of the US Atlantic Coast than in the ocean basin as a whole. How much faster? The currently accelerated rate could add nearly an extra foot of sea level rise by the end of the century. Obviously, this doesn’t bode well for this hugely developed area.

As NOAA Coastal Services Center Director Margaret Davidson put it:

“[The implications of the new research are] huge when you think about it. Somewhere between Maryland and Massachusetts, you’ve got some bodaciously expensive property at risk.”

– (Quote from the Associated Press)

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