ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — A new report shows sea levels are rapidly rising and the study predicts the Jersey Shore could be underwater in a matter of decades.
The organization “Climate Central” in Princeton, New Jersey released the ocean study Wednesday.
The group found global warming is expanding sea water and causing ice sheets to melt.
Scientists believe by the end of the century, water levels will be three to four feet higher, with bigger storm surges that could wipe out low lying areas.
The study says by 2030, the risk for devastating once-in-a-century type storms will double due to rising sea levels.
“It’s the pounding action of these storms on our coastlines that’s gonna be more amplified with a higher sea level,” said David Robinson, Ph.D. at Rutgers University.
In 1962, a Nor’easter flooded out the shore and damaged 48,000 homes.