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Many atolls may be uninhabitable within decades due to climate change

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Storlazzi, C.D., Elias, E.P.L., Berkowitz, P., 2015, Many Atolls May be Uninhabitable Within Decades Due to Climate Change: Scientific Reports, v. 5 no. 14546, pp. 1–9, doi: 10.1038/srep14546.

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Observations show global sea level is rising due to climate change, with the highest rates in the tropical Pacific Ocean where many of the world’s low-lying atolls are located. Sea-level rise is particularly critical for low-lying carbonate reef-lined atoll islands; these islands have limited land and water available for human habitation, water and food sources, and ecosystems that are vulnerable to inundation from sea-level rise. Here we demonstrate that sea-level rise will result in larger waves and higher wave-driven water levels along atoll islands’ shorelines than at present. Numerical model results reveal waves will synergistically interact with sea-level rise, causing twice as much land forecast to be flooded for a given value [...]

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