U.S. Report on Sea Level Rise.

 28 Feb 2022.


According to NOAA-led report, The United States is likely to experience as much sea level rise by year 2050 as it witnessed in last hundred years.


  • The report was released by NOAA, in partnership with other federal agencies.
  • The report is titled as “Sea Level Rise Technical Report”.
  • Report provides up-to-date sea level rise projections for United States, by decade for next 100 years and beyond.
  • It is based on a combination of satellite observations and tide gauge.
  • All the model ensembles from Sixth Assessment Report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Findings of the report

  • This report projects that, sea levels along the coastline will increase an additional 10-12 inches by 2050. Specific amounts will vary regionally, due to land height changes.
  • It updates the sea level rise projection in 2017 by federal government and provides additional information on wind, tide, and storm-driven extreme water levels that affects current and future coastal flood risk.
  • As per report, sea level rise will create a profound increase in frequency of coastal flooding, even in the absence of heavy rainfall or storms.

Significance of the report

  • The report projections will help businesses and communities they support, make investments and understand risks in upcoming years.
  • This is a global wake-up call and provides information needed to act now in order to best position for the future.
  • The updated data can inform coastal communities and others regarding current and future vulnerabilities in light of climate change.
  • It will also help them in making smart decisions to keep people and property safe in long run.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

  • IPCC is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations. It is responsible for advancing knowledge on human-induced climate change.
  •  IPCC was established in 1988 by World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It comprises of 195 member states.

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