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.