Over the next century, sea level rise is expected to wreak havoc on the U.S. coastlines – and a new analysis shows that the Northwest is not immune. Nearly all coastal wetlands in Oregon, Washington and California will be swamped at the highest predicted sea level change.
Sea level rise is a byproduct of climate change. It happens as the world’s oceans warm and physically expand. Melting glaciers and ice sheets are also contributing.
New research from the U.S. Geological Survey gives the first ever insight to how specific bays, marshes and harbors will fare.