Floods are shaping up to be the most dangerous natural disasters humanity faces in the future. Rising oceans combined with atmospheric events such as El Nino and sinking land masses are making “extreme sea level events” more common, and much more destructive. As correspondent Alexandra Witze writes in Nature, some regions may soon experience what is now termed a “100-year-flood” every other year. getAbstract recommends this somber call-to-action to anyone who lives in a low-lying area or coastal region, especially city planners and policymakers.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why massive floods are increasing on a global scale,
- How scientists predict future flood events with statistical databases and models, and
- Which regions of the world may be hardest hit by future floods.
About the Author
Alexandra Witze is a correspondent for Nature based in Boulder, Colorado.