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Yesterday's high tide is today's new normal
  • Christopher G. Piecuch,
  • Benjamin Dillon Hamlington
Christopher G. Piecuch
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Corresponding Author:cpiecuch@whoi.edu

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Benjamin Dillon Hamlington
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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The daily rise and fall of the tides are intimately familiar to those living on the coast. However, due to sea-level rise, what communities in the United States now experience as the highest, lowest, and average water levels on a typical day no longer corresponds to the official definitions of high tide, low tide, and mean sea level, respectively. Water levels now regularly exceed official high tide along parts of the Chesapeake Bay, Gulf Coast, and Puerto Rico. In other words, yesterday's high tide is becoming today's new normal. This demonstrates how sea-level rise is radically redefining the American shore.
27 Apr 2023Submitted to ESS Open Archive
02 May 2023Published in ESS Open Archive