In the wake of king tides, which gave a glimpse of what sea level will be like in the coming decades, Chip Fletcher, associate dean of academic affairs at SOEST and professor of Geology and Geophysics, talked with Hawaii News Now about the widespread effects of climate change.
Climate change has already caused declining rainfall, record setting hot days, ocean surface temperature increasing, increasing coral reef bleaching, ocean acidification, and is forecast to produce more strong El Nino events.
Future sea level rise will cause future nuisance flooding, beach erosion, and more damage from large wave events, tsunamis and hurricanes.
Fletcher also talked about what individuals can do to reduce and adapt to the effects of climate change–decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and prepare and plan for the impacts that are expected.
Watch the complete video on Hawaii News Now.