A new study on the sea rise in Florida suggests that oceanfront properties in some areas of the state may be underwater by the time your great grandchildren are old enough to vote. Of course that is depending on your age today, but this study suggests we may see this happen in another 80 years or so. Investing in property in these areas may result in your great grandchildren having a tough time selling or using their inherited estate because it could be under water!
According to MSN News on March 14, the swelling seas may leave 13.1 million people living along certain coastal areas in danger of the ocean claiming their homes. The new study, which was published Monday in the journal of Nature Climate Change, was novel as it combines the sea-level projections with population projections by the year 2100. This study is offering these projections with the absence of protected measures in place, it is projecting what the ocean will claim without interference from humans.
Other studies have warned of rising sea levels but this combination offers a picture not yet painted for coastal Florida. In this study headed by Mathew Hauer, a doctoral candidate of the University of Georgia, it shows that the “largest absolute numbers of people at risk are in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.”
News Max reports that “four Florida counties – Miami-Dade, Broward, Pinella, and Lee – would be hit hardest, affecting more than 521,000 people in those areas alone.” The study claims that the most extreme scenario in this projection has the water rising by six-feet. If this is the case, the Miami-Dade and Broward counties would “make up 25 percent of all people impacted nationally – or more than 3.5 million.”
Out of the 319 U.S. coastal counties facing long-term risk from the rising seas, Tyrrell County ranks number one in this study, as this county shows up as being most at risk. Tyrrell county comes out of this study with a projected 94 percent of their future population possibly being at risk of the rising sea waters by 2100.
The video above talks about another study that projects 80 percent of the world’s wetlands will be “just water” due to the rising oceans. These projections are not just fantasy, in another 80-years ocean water is going to claim more than people are willing to part with!
According to MSN, “Tyrrell County sits just inland from North Carolina’s Outer Banks barrier islands. With 3,600 people living and farming along 400 square miles.” While study offers a projection of what the sea water may eventually claim, the people who live along these areas are very aware of the ocean claiming land at a rapid rate. This is seen in a town called Duck.
Duck , which is in Dare County just east of Tyrrell County, has banded with other area towns in a never-ending race to replenish the beaches with sand eroding into the ocean. The latest round of sand in the replenishment work is expected to last five years, which is when it will need to be done all over again.
Will there come a time when rebuilding the beaches will need to be done on a yearly basis? If yes, how costly this could be and will the ocean eventually win? So what do you do? MSN reports that “starting to move Americans around would get expensive. Small Alaskan towns are already moving, the Nature researchers note, as warmer sea and air temperatures makes their coastal lives impossible. The cost incurred there has been an estimated $1 million a person.”
Fighting the ocean is a never-ending battle, as its power will nip at the land until it finally get what it wants. The old joke of having a couple of acres underwater that you want to sell is a quip often used to point out those who are naive. This old adage may ring true in the future, as there very well might be a career in selling property that is underwater if the predictions in this study materialize!