Global warming has the whole world in a tizzy. The polar ice is melting at a speedy rate and gushing to the oceans forcing them to swell over. It’s a horrendous thought to be faced with flooding basements, traffic commotions, a general disarray to life activities.The government scientists report a fear that Boston may bear a lopsided and unbalanced brunt of the creeping sea levels. The U.S. Geological Survey yells a vigilant outlook for the East Coast as they scrutinize a 600 mile area along the East Coast.
Rates of sea level rise are increasing faster on the East Coast than they are globally. A new USGS report examines a 600-mile stint of the travelers delight along the East Coast. They feel rate of rising sea level is 3-4 times quicker at the East coast than the global vicinity.
“Cities in the hot spot, like Norfolk, New York, and Boston, already experience damaging floods during relatively low-intensity storms,” claims Asbury Sallenger, a Geological Survey oceanographer cum lead author of the study in the journal Nature Climate Change. “Accelerated sea-level rise,” he stated, will append to “the height that storm surges and breaking waves reach on the coast.”
The seas from North Carolina to the New England are mounting up and intensifying 3-4 times more rapidly than the other coastal cities, beaches, wetlands, and utilities.They are increasingly susceptible to flooding, chiefly from storm heaves, say the US Geological Survey study made available to public on Sunday.
The report cautions that if worldwide temperatures continue to amplify, tempo of sea level mounting along the length of the East Coast will carry on rising. Scientists can confirm this prediction due to the data and analysis they have done.
The report reveals that the increase in sea-level on the East Coast falls in agreement with the slowing down of Atlantic Ocean circulation. This alteration in the pattern of circulation may be associated with the modifications in water temperature, salt impregnation in the waters and concentration of waters in the sub polar north Atlantic.
“Many people mistakenly think that the rate of sea level rise is the same everywhere as glaciers and ice caps melt, increasing the volume of ocean water, but other effects can be as large or larger than the so-called ‘eustatic’ rise,” said the Director of USGS Marcia McNutt to the media. “As demonstrated in this study, regional oceanographic contributions must be taken into account in planning for what happens to coastal property.”
Global sea level increases and decreases differently at different places but calculations strongly predict that the augmentation is likely to mount roughly two-to-three feet or maybe more towards the ending of the 21st century. Sea level can mount due to ocean currents, land movements, water temperatures etc. The tide gauge data collected all through North America helped them focus on level changes.