More than 480 million people living in low-lying countries are at risk of coastal upsurge, according to new research.
The Climate Central conducted a study to gauge sea levels on the surface of the earth through a high-accuracy digital elevation model called the CoastalDEM.
CoastalDEM is an improvement of NASA’s SRTM DEM which provides a more accurate and extensive assessment of the waters. This digital surface model estimates territories between latitudes 60N and 56S.
The published research revealed the likelihood of a coastal rise in several countries in Asia, especially if environmental pollution persists. The dissolution of glaciers in the Antarctic is said to be the biggest contributory factor in sea elevation in the coming decades, specifically by 2100.
Bangladesh, China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand are the top territories threatened by the impending global flood, which has a combined population of at least 500 million people.
On a larger scale, it was three times larger than the originally projected number. In a talk with Science News, head of Climate Central Benjamin Strauss said this estimation was such as shock to them as it was far greater than their expectations.