Virginia Tech and USGS research sinking cities along East Coast

Virginia Tech and the U.S. Geological Survey recently completed a study on the East Coast’s rising sea levels and sinking coasts.

The study confirmed that some major cities are sinking as much as 5 millimeters per year, a decline which outpaces the global sea level rise.

The researchers used data points measured by satellites to create highly accurate digital terrain maps that show exactly where sinking landscapes present a risk to infrastructure.

They then used that information to create the world’s first high resolution depictions of land subsidence, or sinking.

Population centers like New York City, Long Island, Baltimore, and Norfolk have seen rapidly sinking land which increases the risk for issues with roadways, runways, building foundations, rail lines and pipelines.

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