Guillaume Mauger featured by King5 discussing sea level rise, storm events and future climate

“Rising seas will threaten more than 7,000 Washington homes by 2045, according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Accelerating melt from the Antarctic ice sheet is predicted to cause more frequent and more powerful storms to hammer coastal communities, amounting to potentially billions of dollars of damage over the next several decades.” CIG’s Guillaume Mauger talks climate impacts, the frequency of coastal storms and the influence of the Antarctic ice sheet on sea level rise in WA state with King5’s Giuliana Viglione.

“The difference between the 100-year storm and the ten or two-year storm is pretty minor,” says Guillaume Mauger, a research scientist at the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group. “It doesn’t take a lot of sea level rise to tip the scales.” The Seattle tide gauge, maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows the difference between the 100-year and the 10-year flood levels: less than 5 inches.

Mauger doesn’t hold out much hope for avoiding the oncoming storms. “Our projection suggests that by 2100, there’s a 98–100 percent chance that we get [6 inches] sea level rise. It’s virtually guaranteed.”

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