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Simulating and Projecting Future Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Majuro Atoll

Simulating the impacts of sea level rise on Majuro Atoll using a digital elevation model and delivery to the Marshall Islands government

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Start Date
2017-02-03
End Date
2018-07-31
Release Date
2016

Summary

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) spreads over 29 atolls and has a population of over 50,000 people; over 27,000 of those people live on the Majuro Atoll, RMI’s capital. Sea level rise threatens the very existence of RMI as high-end projections of sea level rise by the end of the century exceed the average elevation of these low atoll reef islands. Already, waves wash over Majuro during “king tides” when strong winds blow from the west across the broad lagoon, or when there are high open ocean waves. Flooding waves breach island shores in multiple locations and wash into homes, cemeteries, across roads, and into commercial districts. Over the past decade, there has been a widespread exodus of residents to locations in Hawaiʻi [...]

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“Majuro Atoll - Public Domain”
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“Marshall Islands - Credit: Curt Storlazzi, USGS”
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year2016
totalFunds88254.0
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Marshall Islands - Credit: Curt Storlazzi, USGS
Marshall Islands - Credit: Curt Storlazzi, USGS

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  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • Pacific Islands CASC

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