13 Apr, 2024 @ 12:15
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Is YOUR town at risk of going underwater in Spain? NASA reveals interactive map of predicted sea level rises due to climate change – with multiple expat havens on alert

The interactive map by NASA lists many coastal regions at risk of rising sea levels in Spain

AN interactive map from NASA has revealed the regions in Spain and around the world most at risk from rising sea levels.

Taking into the account melting glaciers and rising sea levels, scienists at the US space agency have calculated how much land each city will lose to rising waters over the next few decades.

The data has come from the international IPCC climate plan, which creates global forecasts of climate change around the world.

The interactive map shows multiple coastal towns and cities at risk in Spain, including in Valencia and Andalucia.

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The interactive map by NASA lists many coastal regions at risk of rising sea levels in Spain

According to the data Valencia city will see the sea rise by 0.11 metres by 2030, and by 0.41 metres by 2090.

In Alicante, waters will rise by eight millimetres by 2030 and 30cm by 2090.

The affects of such rises will depend on the coastal terrain, with towns directly next to beaches and low ground naturally the most in danger – as just a few centimetres’ rise will be enough for sea water to wash away a significant area of coastline.

In Andalucia, the most affected regions will be Almeria, Malaga, Cadiz and Huelva.

Cadiz is the most in danger, facing sea rises of 12 millimetres by 2030 and 45cm by 2090.

By 2090, Malaga is expected to see the sea rise by 50cm, threatening expat havens such as Marbella and San Pedro de Alcantara.

Other tourist hotspots are also at risk, including Barcelona, the most visited destination in Spain, which will see the sea rise by 12 millimetres by 2030 and by 46cm by 2090.

By 2090, Malaga is expected to see the sea rise by 50cm, threatening expat havens such as Marbella (pictured) and San Pedro de Alcantara

In Mallorca, a rise of 38cm is predicted by the end of the century in Palma.

The forecasts are made all the more worrying by the fact that they are based on the most moderate assumption of average temperatures increasing by 1.5C compared to pre-industrial levels.

Scientists around the world agree that the current trajectory of global warming will see the planet warm at much greater rate.

It means the predicted sea level rises in the NASA map will likely be significantly higher.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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1 Comment

  1. Hopefully The Olive Press is not about to join the ranks of eco-fanatic journalism where every warmer that average week is reported as a harbinger of the apocalypse. This particular piece of alarmist eco-porn has been debunked by many serious commentators, and even the IPCC can find no measurable acceleration in sea level rise globally. This silly article should be filed along with Al Gore’s “Manhattan under six feet of water by the year 2000” predictions. Can The Olive Press please report on what is actually happening.

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