Reuters uses R to report on surge in coastal flooding in US

July 28, 2014

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

As global warming causes sea levels to rise, the risk of flooding for coastal settlements also rises over time. A recent analysis by Reuters find that incidents of coastal flooding along the Eastern seaboard of the United States have surged in recent years as the sea level steadily rises.



Flood levels have been exceeded in six eastern cities by an average of 20 days or more since 2001. The analysis is based on more than 25 million hourly tide-gauge readings compared to flood thresholds set by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

As noted by reporter Ryan McNeill on Twitter, the analysis was done in R, after using the Ruby's RinRuby library to download the data from NOAA:

Reuters plans to publish a broad examination of rising sea levels later this year. You can read the July 10 article at the link below.

Reuters: Exclusive: Coastal flooding has surged in U.S., Reuters finds (via Sharon Machlis)

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