Can Climate Driven Coastal Flooding Get Worse?

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There is a new development that discusses the effects of climate driven coastal flooding in the US might have. This is would be based on the more in depth effects on the topic. After tackling the effects of the short term. What we can expect, for now, in terms of sea level rise, rising temperatures and intensities of rainfall. And what predictions say over the longer term, in terms of drought, super-cyclones, and heat waves.

Lets not forget the challenges home owners may face down the road.

Now a group of researchers, led by Oxford university, have looked at the relationship between climate and economic development. They found that extreme weather events tend to be concentrated in some parts of the world, with the US being one of them. They found that the frequency and severity of such events tend to increase along with the rate of development. This means that climate-driven coastal flooding in the US is likely to get worse suddenly.

Why does this mean that climate change may be catching up with us? One of the reasons is that the effects of extreme events tend to be worse at certain times of the year. For instance, during the summer months it is more usual for tropical storms, hurricanes, and typhoons to hit the US. So, the probability of such events seems to be higher in the summer, when we are most active, than at other times of the year.

How does all this affect us? Obviously, the most obvious area is our homes. Does climate driven coastal flooding in the US mean that we should be putting more effort into preparing our properties for the eventuality of flooding? The answer is an unqualified ‘yes’. As it turns out, a major part of the houses built in coastal areas are designed to withstand ocean waves, although there are several additional elements which need to be put in place.

Some experts believe that the need for climate driven coastal flooding insurance is one of the reasons why more American families are moving to the coastal cities. In a study carried out by Michigan State University, they found that more than half of the homes built in the Michigan coastal region were not suitable for permanent installations as flood insurance. In fact, almost half of the houses were not suitable for permanent installations because the roofs were not strong enough to withstand the force of high tides and the powerful hurricane winds. The main cause for this was that the roofing materials used were not strong enough to withstand the force of tides and the powerful winds associated with hurricanes. In the study, it was found that the number of such house floods had increased dramatically over the past ten years.

It is important for Americans living in the coastal regions of the US to understand and accept the fact that climate change is a fact, and that it is also a fact that humans have an impact on climate. This impact is not likely to slow down anytime in the near future, and the rise in extreme weather events is only going to get worse. It is highly likely that in the next ten years, there will be more climate-driven coastal flooding in the US than there have been over the past century. One of the reasons why climate driven coastal flooding is likely to get worse suddenly is because sea levels rise, and since the majority of the US is surrounded by oceans, the rising sea level is likely to lead to massive flooding in many parts of the US. This is something which we cannot avoid. However, it is possible to stop climate-driven coastal flooding in the US by building houses that are both strong and watertight.

It is true that we can save some money and lower our energy bills if we start moving away from fossil fuels which emit high amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. However, it is not likely that we can stop climate-driven coastal flooding in the US simply by building more high-tech fences along the shores. If anything, the construction of these high-tech fences will allow more coastal flooding over the years to come. While it is true that climate-driven coastal flooding can be stopped by building better fences, we should not forget that the prevention of climate-driven flooding also has costs, such as the higher costs of hiring extra workers to build the fences, and the extra costs involved with repairing the fences once they are damaged.

The other reason why climate driven coastal flooding is likely to get worse suddenly is because it is likely to get worse because fewer people are being able to pay the high cost of living in the US. In simple economic terms, the cost of living is rising. As a result, it is likely to get worse quickly when there are fewer people who can afford to pay the rising cost of living. Unfortunately, the number of people being forced out of their homes and losing their homes are likely to rise rapidly in the next few years due to the changing climate.

Hopefully, the number of homes that are being lost to climate driven floods will be lower in the future.

Provided by Antonio Westley



Disclaimer: This article is meant to be seen as an overview of this subject and not a reflection of viewpoints or opinions as nothing is definitive. So, make sure to do your research and feel free to use this information at your own discretion.

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