Rising tides expected to increase sea levels in the Tampa Bay area

Sea Levels Rising

SARASOTA (WWSB) - There are new alarming new projections on the rising tides and sea levels in the Tampa Bay area.

The Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel studies the climate of the bay area. According to their latest report, the region is likely to see two to eight and a half feet in sea level rise by the year 2100.

Scientists on the panel say the report is based on science that is constantly developing.

“The real wild card is what happens with the ice sheets.,” Maya Burke of the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel said. “That science is evolving very quickly and that’s where you see the big divergence in the projections.”

For St. Petersburg, NOAA officials believe the tipping point for when major change will come is 2040-to-2050.

To prevent major damage, the panel has partnered with local governments to try to make changes to the ways our cities and towns are built.

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