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

Rising sea levels could submerge America’s coastline by 2050, NASA predicts

Sea levels are likely rising faster than previously thought, meaning low-lying coastal cities across the United States could experience flooding much more regularly over the next few decades, a NASA study has found.

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 as much as 12 inches (30 centimeters) above. above the current waterlines, the research team said in a press release (opens in a new tab). The Gulf Coast and Southeast are expected to be the hardest hit and will likely see increased flooding from storms and tides in the near future, according to the study published Oct. 6 in the journal. Earth & Environment Communications (opens in a new tab).

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