Starting in the next decade, the “oscillations” in the Moon’s orbit, added to global warming, will make coastal flooding here on Earth much worse, according to the scientists.
When the swell starts, coastal cities can suddenly start flooding three or four times more than now, according to research by NASA and the University of Hawaii.
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In the study, scientists predicted that lunar wobble would cause growing clusters of floods that would greatly affect life and damage infrastructure in coastal cities that have acclimated to milder and less frequent floods.
This lunar wobble is a completely natural cycle that has been going on for eons and will continue to happen long after our departure. The Moon’s orbit creates periods of higher and lower tides at a rate of about 18.6 years.
What makes it dangerous this time around is the fact that sea levels are rising thanks to the effects of climate change and runaway greenhouse gas emissions. So when the next period of tidal amplification begins in early 2030, the resulting floods are likely to be worse, more constant and more dangerous than ever.
“A cumulative effect over time will have an impact,” University of Hawaii researcher and lead author of the study, Phil Thompson, said in a press release. “If it flooded 10 or 15 times a month, the company would not be able to continue operating with an underwater parking lot. People lose their jobs because they cannot work. Leaking water wells have become a public health problem.”
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