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Vancouver's South Delta submerged
Researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered south of Vancouver in Canada is likely to get flooded by 2100 and they have bought out certain strategies that would help to prepare for sea-level rise.University of British Columbia
Vancouver's South Delta submerged
Delta does nothing to prepare for climate change this is how it beUniversity of British Columbia
Vancouver's South Delta submerged
Delta prepares for sea-level rise by raising the dikesUniversity of British Columbia
Vancouver's South Delta submerged
Delta prepares for sea-level rise by building offshore barrier islands to absorb the impact of incoming stormsUniversity of British Columbia
Vancouver's South Delta submerged
Delta prepares for sea-level rise by moving parts of the community out of the floodplain and on to higher groundUniversity of British Columbia
Vancouver's South Delta submerged
Delta prepares for sea-level rise by raising homes, roads and critical infrastructure above the floodplainUniversity of British Columbia

University researchers have warned that a huge area south of Vancouver could be 4ft (1.2 metres) under water by the end of the century.

University of British Columbia scientists said that the South Delta area, which has a population of 100,000 and is surrounded on three sides by water, is at high risk of rising sea levels.

Barrier islands to absorb the impact of incoming storms is one engineering option being looked at. Wholescale moving of communities to higher land is a more drastic option, said the researchers.

Residents and workers in the area are being shown what could happen if sea levels continue to rise as a result of global warming.

"The visualisations are the only way that you can tell the complete story of climate change and its impact in a low-lying coastal community," said research scientist David Flanders.

"Communities will have to decide what their priorities are and plan for a mosaic of different solutions, because each neighbourhood has its own set of concerns and its own idea of what will be possible.

"This visioning process can help inform these kinds of tough decisions that many low-lying communities will have to make over the next 20, 50 and 100 years," he said.