Scientists provide detailed projections for rising seas around Washington

(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)

Sea levels will rise 1.7 to 3.1 feet in Seattle area…

The Associated Press is reporting that a study released Monday by scientists with Washington Sea Grant and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group showed the effects that a rising ocean would have on Washington’s 3,000 miles of coastline. The report showed that areas like Neah Bay in NW Washington are uplifting, whereas areas of central Puget Sound including Seattle are sinking lower, making them less and more susceptible to sea level changes.

By 2100, in Seattle sea level is projected to rise between 1.7 feet and 3.1 feet under greenhouse gas emission projections. In Taholah, the sea level is expected to rise between one and 2.6 feet, while in Bellingham, sea levels are expected to rise 1.3 to 2.7 feet.

Global sea levels as a whole are expected to rise 1.7 to 3.22 feet by 2100.

The report is part of a three-year “Washington Coastal Resilience Project” intended to prepare communities for natural events that threaten coastlines because of rising sea waters.