Prepare for three-metre sea level rise, say UK engineers

Governments around the world must reconsider coastal flooding policies, strategy and investment decisions because sea level rise is likely to be far greater than previously estimated, a group of UK-based engineers has said.

According to a report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) published today, governments must step up their preparations for a minimum sea level rise of one metre this century and be planning for up to three metres.

Dr Tim Fox, report author and fellow of the IMechE said there was emerging evidence that sea levels could rise further and more rapidly than the most recent predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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