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A new NOAA map reveals the U.S. shores rising from seas to shining seas with a major risk of flooding, tsunamis, and other disasters.

It's crucial to keep a close eye on such developments, especially with the increasing threat of climate change. Rising sea levels pose a significant risk to coastal communities, infrastructure, and ecosystems. Understanding the potential impacts through maps like the one from NOAA can help policymakers, urban planners, and residents prepare and adapt to these changes. Implementing strategies for coastal resilience and mitigation measures will be essential in safeguarding these vulnerable areas from the effects of sea level rise and flooding.

As sea levels rise, the frequency and severity of coastal flooding increases, especially during storm surges associated with hurricanes and other severe weather events, leading to more extensive flooding.

"Sea level rise will create a profound shift in coastal flooding over the next 30 years by causing tide and storm surge heights to increase and reach further inland. By 2050, 'moderate' (typically damaging) flooding is expected to occur, on average, more than 10 times as often as it does today, and can be intensified by local factors," NOAA said in their 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report.   https://www.noaa.gov/