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Rising sea levels could inundate the US coast by 2050, NASA predicts

Rising sea levels could inundate the US coast by 2050, NASA predicts

Sea levels are likely rising faster than previously thought, meaning low-lying coastal cities in the US could flood much more regularly in the coming decades, a NASA study has revealed.

According to the study, which analyzed three decades of satellite observations, sea levels along the contiguous U.S. coast could rise as much as 12 inches (30 centimeters) above current water lines by 2050, the research team it said in a statement (opens in new tab). The Gulf Coast and Southeast are expected to be hardest hit and will likely experience increased storm surges and tidal flooding in the near future, according to the study, published Oct. 6 in the journal Communications Earth and Environment (opens in new tab).

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