Experts report sea levels are on the rise

Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT/WMBF) - Climate experts say sea levels are on the rise.  The non-profit group, "Clean Air - Cool Planet" is touring seaside towns along the east coast.

The group met with UNCW faculty, Audubon NC, and a NASA scientist who studies the Polar Ice Caps Tuesday.

They say regardless of the cause, sea levels are rising at an alarming rate.

Scientists from all over the world are also in Myrtle Beach to look at shoreline changes.

So far, results show that the sea level is rising about one to two millimeters a year. While that might not sound like a lot, over time, it could have a big difference on future plans.

"The conditions we're living with may not quite be the same in the future," said Dr. Paul Gayes with Coastal Carolina University, who lead the research along the Grand Strand. "And some of the modeling is concerning for our low lying coastal communities because it keeps coming up. If it comes up faster in the future, then we'll definitely have some things to contend with along the coastal zone."

The scientists say beach erosion and the water rising could be a problem in the event of a coastal storm.

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