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Coastal flood risk and rising sea levels

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

A flood hazard assessment that accounts for the compounding impacts of both rising river flow and ocean water levels predicts shorter intervals between floods for three US coastal cities than an assessment that considers only one driving factor for flooding, and further analyses indicates that compound effects are likely to increase coastal flood risk as sea levels rise in the future, according to a study.

Article #16-20325: "Compounding effects of sea level rise and fluvial flooding," by Hamed R. Moftakhari, Gianfausto Salvadori, Amir AghaKouchak, Brett F. Sanders, and Richard A. Matthew.


MEDIA CONTACT: Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine, CA; tel: 949-824-9350; e-mail:; Hamed Moftakhari, University of California, Irvine, CA; tel: 503-267-0379; e-mail:

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