Sea levels are projected to rise by 1 metre by the year 2100, and that could spell disaster for low-lying areas.
A new study published by a team of USGS researchers is particularly concerned for the Northwestern Hawaii Islands (NWHI), a world heritage site comprised of various wildlife sanctuaries.
Researchers collaborated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA to acquire and analyze high-resolution data, allowing them to predict high risk areas and the percentage of habitat loss, should current climate trends continue.
A 1 metre rise in sea level would claim appoximately 4 percent of NWHI'S land mass, while a 2 metre rise would equate to a 26 percent loss.
The complete study was published on the USGS website earlier this week.