The researchers who conducted the study predict that if global warming continues at its current alarming pace, New York City could face a sea level rise as high as 6 feet in the near future.
Their research suggests that in the next 40 years, the sea level could go up as high as 11 to 12 inches. Also, the study shows that the mean annual precipitation in New York City Central Park has gone up at a rate of almost 0.8 inches every ten years from 1900 to 2013.
Also, the mean annual precipitation has increased to approximately 8 inches over the past ten years, according to the experts.
During this period, NYC’s Central Park has experienced an increase in the mean annual temperature at an approximate rate of 0.3 degrees Fahrenheit per decade.
Researchers say that these temperature trends have been very varied in a short period of time.
The study’s data suggests that both the temperature and the precipitation rates of New York City have increased considerably in the last decade.
According to recent studies, NYC is threatened by heat waves that will be 3 times hotter than they are at the moment. The researchers predict that these heat waves will affect the city by 2080. Also, as the temperature rises, the cold events will be decreasing.
The recent findings suggest that the sea level increase in New York City could be a significant risk and hazard for the city’s coastal communities, ecosystem and infrastructure.
The latest reports on climate change released by the New York City Panel on Climate Change, reveals that NYC risks to be affected by the future sea level rise.
Reports from 2015 say that future flood damages could exceed the ones caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Bill de Blasio said in a press release that the recent reports underscore the “urgency of not only mitigating our contributions to climate change, but adapting our city to its risks”.
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