That sea level rise isn’t the same everywhere. The moon’s pull, oceanic currents, the Earth’s rotation—these all play a role in what ocean water is where. Turns out the U.S. East Coast is experiencing sea level rise three to four times higher than the global average, according to a study from the U.S. Geological Survey in the journal Nature Climate Change. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.)
That’s bad news for the highly populated region and suggests storm surges are going to prove ever more problematic from New York City to Cape Hatteras.