A wave crashed up and over a railed walkway in Waikiki
High tides will be even higher in the next decade as sea-level rise combines with a stronger lunar gravitational pull, according to a new study. (Photo: MGonser, King Tides Project)

PI-CASC researcher’s flooding forecasts in the news

Phil Thompson, a PI-CASC funded researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has spent many years examining the affects of rising sea levels on coastal flooding hazards in Hawai’i, American Samoa, and other USAPI. But a recent study implies coastal flooding may be substantially worse in a decade as climate change-induced sea-level rise is exacerbated by plain old gravity when an age-old fluctuation in the moon’s orbit will lead to even higher tidal flooding in the 2030’s. Read more at this CBS News story.