NOAA GEOSCIENTISTS PREDICT SIGNIFICANT NEAR-FUTURE SEA-LEVEL RISE ALONG U.S. EAST COAST

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1 february 2016

Why the U.S. East Coast could be a major ‘hotspot’ for rising seas

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post, February 1 Follow chriscmooney

New research published Monday adds to a body of evidence suggesting that a warming climate may have particularly marked effects for some citizens of the country most responsible for global warming in the first place — namely, U.S. East Coasters.

Writing in Nature Geoscience, John Krasting and three colleagues from the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration find that “Atlantic coastal areas may be particularly vulnerable to near-future sea-level rise from present-day high greenhouse gas emission rates.” The research adds to recent studies that have found strong warming of ocean waters in the U.S. Gulf of Maine, a phenomenon that is not only upending fisheries but could be worsening the risk of extreme weather in storms like Winter Storm Jonas.

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