Coastal Flooding

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Coastal Flooding

Coastal flooding can be caused by a number of factors:

  • Storm Surges (Storm Surge of 1953)
  • Tropical Cyclones (Hurricane Katrina 2005)
  • Tsunamis (South Asia, 26.12.04)
  • Global Warming

If global temperatures continue to rise and land ice melts, global sea levels will rise.

Warmer sea temperatures also cause sea levels to rise - Warm water expands.

Low Lying areas are at risk of flooding - Bangladesh and the Maldives.

The Storm Surge of 1953

STORM SURGE - a rise in sea level associated with very low pressure systems and high wind.

3 contributing factors to coastal flooding are:

  • Height of the land above sea level
  • The Tidal range

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