Seen Around Town: Rising seas flooding Kits Beach
My hometown, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, unceded Coast Salish territory, is one of the 20 coastal cities at greatest risk from carbon-fueled sea level rise over the coming years and decades.
I snapped the above photo this morning down at Kits Beach where the waves were overwhelming the sea walls and washing away the sand from the beach. A big tide, big winds and certainly, a preview of things to come.
CBC reported last year that:
Coastal flooding caused by global warming could cost the global economy $1 trillion a year in coming decades and Vancouver is one of the cities most at risk for losses, says a new study.
The article, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Climate Change, is part of an ongoing project by the Organization for Economic Co-operation.
"This work shows that flood risk is rising in coastal cities globally due to a range of factors, including sea-level rise," Robert Nicholls, a professor of coastal engineering at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and co-author of the study, said in a news release.
"Hence, there is a pressing need to start planning how to manage flood risk now."
Nicholls told CBC News that Vancouver is on the list of vulnerable cities because of its large population living along the coastal flood plain.
"Historically your city has grown on a delta, and those areas tend to be naturally flood-prone," says Nicholls.
"Our study raises the flag that it would be wise for Vancouver to look carefully at this issue if it hasn’t been looked at already and to start thinking about appropriateness of current responses and whether you need to do more."
Check out the rest of the article here.