Geological researchers believe California’s beaches could diminish by up to 70% by the year 2100. Satellite data collected over two decades is now being peer reviewed.
The Golden State may lose some of its glorious sheen, thanks to the impacts of climate change.
Globally famed for its sprawling beaches and ceaseless waves, California could reportedly face the grim prospect of waving goodbye to 70% of its coastline by the year 2100.
Satellite data collected over two decades has been cross-referenced with geological models of the climate to predict what the region’s 1,100 mile perimeter may look like in the not-so-distant future.
The paper – which is currently being peer reviewed for publication – suggests that sea level data consistent with a rise between 1.6ft and 10ft will leave between 25% and 70% of beaches susceptible to being washed away before the end of the century.
Within this calculated bracket, researchers have deduced that the total loss of land will directly reflect how much carbon is released into the atmosphere from this point in time.
‘Beaches are perhaps the most iconic feature of California, and the potential for losing this identity is real,’ writes Sean Vitousek, lead researcher of the US Geological Survey.
Delving into the team’s findings, he highlighted several areas with a high probability of diminishing, including Point Arena and Humboldt Bay in the north, Pismo Beach and Morro Bay in central California, and Newport Beach and San Clemente in the south.