Huffpost Los Angeles

California Rising Sea Levels Threaten Southern California Beaches (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted: Updated:

A new study finds that rising sea levels due to climate change will remove sand from some Southern California beaches and distribute it to others.

The change will either shrink or eliminate some beaches altogether in Southern California, according to the study conducted by Duke and five other institutions.

It could take 100 years before the erosion is complete, notes the Los Angeles Times. Over the course of a century, the sea level is expected to rise by 1 meter, which would lead to severe winter storms and high tides that could make some beaches disappear.

The beaches at risk tend to be smaller ones, like those in Laguna Beach, for example. Dr. Linwood Pendleton of Duke University explained the predicted outcome: "People are going to leave those small beaches and go to beaches that are already fairly large, like Huntington Beach or Will Rogers (State) Beach, Venice Beach," ABC reports.

The study was done on 51 public beach in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Although small beaches stand to lose tourist money, it would cost more -- $436 million for both counties -- to try to recover the damage by redistributing sand.

Click below to see which beaches are the top five winners and top five losers of rising sea levels. Is your favorite beach disappearing?

of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Around the Web

Pacific Institute: Sea-Level Rise

THE IMPACTS OF SEA-LEVEL RISE ON THE CALIFORNIA COAST

Rise in sea levels threatens California ports - Featured Articles From ...

Sea level rise to alter economics of California beaches

Overview of Sea Level Rise and Some Implications for Coastal ...

Sea Level Trends

California Prepares for Rising Sea Levels : TreeHugger

Sea Level Rise Would Be Costly In California, Economists Say

Rising sea levels could take financial toll on California beaches ...

Study: Rising sea level could cost California | abc7.com

California beach towns: Who wins, who loses as sea levels rise

Sea Level Rise to Alter Economics of California Beaches

Climate effects on Calif. beaches studied

California water project could initially harm smelt, salmon

The state's sea level retreat

Seasonal High Tides Allow Coastkeeper to Show Impact of Rising Sea Level

Coastal communities in peril plan ahead for rising seas