Rapid Sea Level Rise Would Leave Jersey Shore Vulnerable To Flooding Worse Than Sandy

STATE – Scientists at Rutgers and Tufts universities estimate that sea level will rise 18 inches at the Jersey shore over the next 37 years, according to newly-published research that appears in the inaugural issue of the journal Earth’s Future.

The higher sea level is expected to produce regular flooding worse than any previously recorded, including Superstorm Sandy.

The rapid sea level rise is believed to be a relatively recent phenomenon, according to the authors. “The geological sea-level records show that it’s extremely likely that sea-level in New Jersey was rising faster in the 20th century than in any century in the last 4300 years,” said Andrew Kemp of Tufts.

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