It was recently reported that in the United States extreme heat in parts of the North America continent has caused crops to see a drought. Climate change has caused sudden weather changes on Earth, which has resulted in flooding in many countries, especially the United States. But now, a new study has linked extreme weather events with Earth’s neighbor, the moon.
The study was conducted by the US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which claims that an “oscillation” of the orbit of the Moon combined with a rise in sea level due to climate change will cause devastating floods on Earth.
The study was published in the journal Nature Climate Change on June 21.
Called “harmful flooding,” they currently occur in coastal areas when the tide reaches about 2 feet above the daily average high tide. These events are much more problematic for businesses as they flood streets and homes, affecting daily life.
These harmful floods will become more frequent and irregular by the mid-1930s, according to a NASA study. According to the study, much of the U.S. coastline will see three to four times as many high tides for at least a decade.
He also warned that these floods would not be distributed evenly over the year and are expected to cluster in just a few months.
“Low areas near sea level are increasingly threatened and suffering due to increased flooding, and this will only get worse,” said NASA administrator Bill Nelson. “The combination of the Moon’s gravitational pull, rising sea levels and climate change will continue to exacerbate coastal flooding on our coasts and around the world. “
Explaining the Moon’s impact on flooding on Earth, the study’s lead author Phil Thompson, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii, said the moon’s orbit oscillation takes 18 ,6 years. While the oscillation has always been there, what makes it dangerous is that it will combine with sea level rise due to global warming, Thompson said.
In half of those 18.6 years, the Earth’s regular tides are suppressed: high tides are below normal and low tides are higher than normal. In the other half, the effect is reversed, which is called the tidal amplification phase of the Moon. The next time this cycle is predicted in the 2030s, which will seriously affect normal life, especially in coastal areas, according to Thompson.
CBS News is also reporting through mapping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) sea-level rise scenarios, flooding thresholds and astronomical cycles, researchers found flooding in American coastal cities could be several multiples worse in the 2030s, when the next moon “wobble” is expected to begin. They expect the flooding to significantly damage infrastructure and displace communities.