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Coastlines are being eroded twice as fast as they are being replaced

10 December 2018

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A JRC article published in Nature Scientific Reports finds an increasing trend of erosion along the world's coastlines, with twice as much land lost than what was replaced over the past three decades.

The impacts of climate change, such as sea-level rise and more frequent extreme storms, may worsen this picture.

Based on the first ever satellite-based analysis of coastal erosion (land loss) and coastal accretion (land gain) worldwide, the authors estimate that about 28 000 km2 surface area of land has been eroded over the past three decades. This corresponds to twice the surface area of gained land.

Source: The European Commission

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