Storm Surge (IMAGE) University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute Caption The storm surge of Hurricane Sandy reached 2.8 m above mean high tide in New York. In the future less severe storms will cause comparable surge levels due rising sea level. The unlikely worst case scenario for sea level rise this century is estimated to be 1.8 m, which would translate into approximately 20 times more frequent Sandy level surges. Credit (Photo credit: David Shankbone, CC-BY-3.0) Usage Restrictions (Photo credit: David Shankbone, CC-BY-3.0) License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.