COASTAL HYDROLOGY

Rising groundwater and sea-level rise

The response of coastal groundwater to sea-level rise is largely unknown. Groundwater modelling along the California coast — accounting for complex topography and its interaction with rivers, streams and tributaries — shows that the area at risk from rising groundwater tables extends beyond that inundated by sea-level rise alone.

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Fig. 1: Pump station in Mission Creek, San Francisco, USA.

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May, C. Rising groundwater and sea-level rise. Nat. Clim. Chang. 10, 889–890 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-0886-x

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