NASA predicts that Earth may be plagued by severe flooding in the 2030s as a result of the Moon’s ‘wobble.’
In the mid-2030s, NASA believes that a lunar “wobble” will cause significant flooding.
The administration’s new research warns that the moon’s orbital “wobble” will have a significant impact on Earth’s tides. Every 18.6 years, the phenomena occurs, resulting in extremely high and low tides.
Nature Climate Change, Nasa’s Sea Level Change Science Team, published the report (N-SLCT).
Climate change, according to the division, will cause the tides to rise significantly higher the next time there is a wobble.
Earth’s typical daily tides are suppressed over half of the Moon’s 18.6-year cycle, according to Nasa: “High tides are lower than normal, while low tides are higher than normal.”
“Tides are amplified in the second part of the cycle: high tides are higher, and low tides are lower.”
In the mid-2030s, the next “amplified” cycle of the moon’s wobble is expected.
Nasa Administrator Bill Nelson stated that the cycle would wreak havoc on particular areas near sea level.
“Low-lying areas near sea level are more at risk and suffering as a result of greater floods, and the situation is only going to grow worse,” he warned.
“The gravitational pull of the Moon, rising sea levels, and climate change will continue to intensify coastal flooding along our coasts and around the world.”
The floods, according to Phil Thompson, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii and the principal author of a new paper, will wreak havoc on people’s livelihoods in the impacted areas.