BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Climate change affects the environment greatly, with one of the consequences being sea level rise. Researchers say that this represents a serious issue, and some parts of the world might be more affected than others. California is one of them, and they claim that the sea level in the area would increase by 10 feet in the next 100 years.
One of the main effects of global warming is the increase of temperatures. This eventually leads to the melting of the Antarctic ice and, thus, the sea level rises. Researchers found that certain areas on the globe are more affected by the sea level rise. They developed a study in which they analyzed California’s situation.
A previous analysis of the sea level in California was performed in 2010, and then the data was updated in 2013. Now, the researchers from the Ocean Protection Council in California wanted to see how the situation changed, so they decided to start this extensive study.
The effects of climate change are already visible
Thus, they discovered how California is already struggling with some problems caused by the increase in the sea level. The coast is often flooded or eroded and, from time to time, it even suffered from tidal flooding.
By analyzing the data and phenomena which occur on the coast, the experts tried to predict the evolution of the sea level. They gathered data from three gauges situated at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, at La Jolla, San Diego, and at Crescent City, northern California.
In San Francisco, they predicted a raise between 1 and 6.9 feet in the next 100 years. In La Jolla, the situation looked a little worse, as the sea level is likely to rise between 1.1 and 7.1 feet. However, these are only estimates, and scientists warn that the final figures might turn out higher by 2100. In extreme cases, the sea level might even reach a 10-foot increase.
Why is California more affected?
Researchers blame the gravitational pull which occurs during Earth’s rotation. The ice that melts in Antarctica is all pulled towards California, so the area is more affected. Moreover, if a higher amount of ice melts in the western Antarctic region, then California’s situation becomes worse.