Sea level rise is accelerating in the UK, making beaches more vulnerable, according to a UK Met Office report released on Thursday, highlighting the ongoing effects of climate change.
This study, based on observations of climate and meteorological events for 2021, confirms the impact of global warming on climate in the United Kingdom, highlighting that “climate change is not only a problem of the future, but It has been affecting us ever since. The conditions we live in.”
In Britain, recent decades have been warmer, humid and more sunny than in the 20th century.
Since the 1900s, sea level in Britain has risen by about 16.5 cm and the rate of sea level rise across the country has doubled in a century.
One of the causes of sea level rise is the melting of glaciers from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.
“Our long-term measurements show that the rate of sea level rise in the UK has increased in recent decades,” explains Svetlana Zverzeeva of the National Oceanographic Centre.
He says that this incident threatens the coastal areas. As sea levels rise, storms can have stronger effects.
Due to its insular nature, the United Kingdom is particularly exposed to coastal erosion. A recent report by the UK Environment Agency estimated that one in six people were at risk of flooding due to rain or rising seas and that a million people would be directly affected by rising ocean waters by the end of the century.