Rising seas could significantly affect the global internet infra

Donna Miller
July 21, 2018

Over the next fifteen years can rise the Global sea level, causing the cables will be flooded, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the news of the world.

In a study analyzing the effects of climate change on Internet infrastructure in the United States, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of OR researchers found that a significant amount of digital infrastructure will be impacted over the coming years, and cautioned that mitigation planning should begin immediately.

The study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of OR suggests more than 4,000 miles of buried cables will be completely submerged by 2033. That surprised us. The expectation was that we'd have 50 years to plan for it. The cities most prone to getting their Internet cables flooded are New York, Miami and Seattle Metropolitan areas.

While the study only focused on the networks in the USA, the experts say rising sea levels will have global consequences for coastal internet infrastructure. We don't have 50 years'.

And, the researchers say more than 1,100 traffic hubs will be surrounded by water. The second is the Sea Level Rise Inundation (SLRI) data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Digital Coast project, which shows where sea incursions will take place in the future.

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Most of this infrastructure was constructed around 25 years ago along trails running parallel with highways and coastlines, with no thought given to how geography would alter as the climate changed. While the large transoceanic cables are completely waterproof, the buried smaller fibre optic cables are not and if they are submerged there could be far-reaching impacts not only in the coastal USA but potentially around the world. The most at-risk stretches of cable were unsurprisingly those already close to sea level, meaning the slight increases predicted for the next few years will be enough to cover them.

The study has not been able to the assess the effects of countermeasures like sea walls but it does conclude that mitigation measures to counter the upcoming scenario are necessary if the USA does not want a large-scale Internet blackout in the future which would inevitably ripple across the rest of the World Wide Web as well.

Some of the key internet infrastructure in the USA will likely be underwater in as little as 15 years because of rising seas, scientists say.

'But keeping the sea at bay is hard. "We can probably buy a little time, but in the long run it's just not going to be effective".

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