Researcher: Millions could be displaced by rising oceans by 2100

March 30, 2015

Appeared in The Post and Courier

Rising seas could displace nearly 12 million people living on the coast during the next 85 years, with areas in the Southeast, including Charleston, seeing some of the most dramatic impacts, a Georgia researcher said Tuesday.

Scientists predict that oceans will rise between 3 feet and 6 feet by 2100, but researchers so far have focused mainly on which areas might see higher waters.

Left out of this equation are the number of people who could be displaced, Matt Hauer, an applied demographer at the University of Georgia, said at an international conference in North Charleston.

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