As the oceans become warmer and the ice sheets melt into the sea, the level of water along the coast is steadily rising, had a major effect on coastal communities and ecosystems.
The increase will result in a marked increase in coastal flooding, even on sunny days, scientists say.
The consequences of this prognosis are enormous.
The frequency of flood-related events has risen significantly over the past two decades, the report shows.
Flood incidents in coastal cities like New York, Washington, Miami and beyond have doubled each year since 2000, turning a “rare event” into a “disruptive problem.” according to researchers.
Those effects will get significantly worse with further rising sea levels by 2050.
The oceans will likely climb further due to man-made warming.
But we can minimize the gravest long-term consequences by reducing fossil fuel emissions, researchers say.