Member Highlight: Global Sea Levels Could Rise 8 Feet By 2100, More In NJ, Rutgers Study Says

2019-04-18T17:45:46+00:00 October 15, 2018|

Flooding in Ewing Township, Mercer County, New Jersey

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By the dawn of the next century, South Jersey’s barrier islands will pretty much disappear at high tide, based on data in a Rutgers University review of scientific literature.

(From The Press of Atlantic City/ By Michelle Brunetti Post) — Global sea levels could rise by almost 8 feet by 2100 and 50 feet by 2300, if emissions remain high and the physics of ice sheets work against us, according to the review. “And that rise would be 10 feet in New Jersey (by 2100),” said lead author Robert Kopp, director of Rutgers’ Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. At 10 feet of rise, “about 7 percent of the current New Jersey population and $190 billion (of real estate) would be permanently flooded, and more would be exposed to more frequent flooding,” Kopp said.

Even with just 6 feet of sea-level rise, the highest that can be visualized on Rutgers’, parts of New and Shore roads on the mainland in Atlantic County would be underwater, as well as many properties within blocks of the bay. The trend is the same for other coastal counties as well. The paper is a review of 20 studies published between 2012 and 2018, said Kopp. It is published in this month’s Annual Review of Environment and Resources.

Stewart Farrell of Stockton University’s Coastal Research Center said data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimate low…

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