Study: Continuing Sea Level Rise Threatens Coastal Areas
150 million people living in coastal areas around the world are at risk with the continuing rise of sea level according to recent international study.
The scientific paper called ‘Trends and acceleration in global and regional sea levels since 1807’ looked at global sea level reconstruction for the past 200 years. It stated that sea level rise started in the 1800s, and that the ocean has stored 90% of the energy in the climate system contributing to thermal expansion especially in the Polar Regions.
Co-author Dr. Svetlana Jevrejeva from the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) said that, “There is a huge inertia in the climate system, so even if we stop the warming of our planet now – if we stop emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere today – the global sea level will continue to rise for the next few hundred years.
“We are facing a colossal challenge – to deal with carbon emissions as soon as possible.”
He further shared this finding with concerns regarding people living in the coastal regions. “Fifteen of the world’s 20 megacities, with populations of more than 10 million, are sensitive to sea level rise and increased coastal storm surges.
“Soon we will have to make very hard decisions in the UK and globally: which coastal area is going to be protected and which could be abandoned? It means that as a civilization we are not able to protect some of our cultural heritage, unique beaches and cliffs.”
With this study, precautions are expected and more global warming alerts are expected. Watch out for more news from the Philippine’s maritime training provider.
Source: World Maritime News