February 8, 2023

Jason Elam wades through flood waters around his home after Hurricane Nicole blew ashore on Nov. 10, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

NASA predicts that rising sea levels could inundate the US coast by 2050

A NASA study has revealed that sea levels are likely rising faster than previously thought, which means that low-lying coastal cities in the United States could experience flooding more regularly in the coming decades.

According to the study, which analyzed three decades of satellite observations, by 2050, sea levels along the coasts of the contiguous United States could rise up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) above current waterlines, according to the research team. he said in a statement (Opens in a new tab). The Gulf Coast and Southeast are expected to be severely affected, and are likely to experience increased storm and tidal flooding in the near future, according to the study, published Oct. 6 in the journal Oceans. Earth and Environment Communications (Opens in a new tab).