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NOAA: 'Nuisance flooding' an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise
Date:7/28/2014

s of nuisance floods.

The extent of nuisance flooding depends on multiple factors, including topography and land cover. The study defines nuisance flooding as a daily rise in water level above the minor flooding threshold set locally by NOAA's National Weather Service, and focused on coastal areas at or below these levels that are especially susceptible to flooding.

The report concludes that any acceleration in sea level rise that is predicted to occur this century will further intensify nuisance flooding impacts over time, and will further reduce the time between flood events.

The report provides critical NOAA environmental data that can help coastal communities assess flooding risk, develop ways to mitigate and adapt to the effects of sea level rise, and improve coastal resiliency in the face of climate- and weather-induced changes.

Top ten U.S. areas with an increase in nuisance flooding*

Nuisance level:
Meters above mean higher high water mark
Average nuisance flood days, 1957-1963 Average nuisance flood days, 2007-2013 Percent Increase
Annapolis, Md. 0.29 3.6 39.3 925
Baltimore, Md. 0.41 1.3 13.1 922
Atlantic City, N.J. 0.43 3.1 24.6 682
Philadelphia, Pa. 0.49 1.6 12.0 650
Sandy Hook, N.J. 0.45 3.3 23.9 626
Port Isabel, Texas 0.34 2.1 13.9 547
Charleston, S.C. 0.38 4.6 23.3 409
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Contact: Ben Sherman
ben.sherman@noaa.gov
301-713-3066
NOAA Headquarters
Source:Eurekalert  

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