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Dublin, Cork, Belfast ‘face future flooding threat’ (via The Irish Times)

Researchers use Nasa data to map urban areas threatened by climate change.

Dublin, Cork and Belfast are among the cities that could suffer the impact of climate change, a study has claimed.

Researchers using data from Nasa’s Global Rural Urban Mapping Project defined the urban extent of Irish and UK cities and assessed which could be vulnerable to rising sea levels and flooding by 2050.

Among those cities listed in this category are Belfast, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

In addition, researchers found Belfast, Dublin and Cork could be be vulnerable to blackouts from power plants affected by coastal flooding by 2050.

The dataset used is different to administrative city boundaries and results in certain smaller cities being included in the results due to their proximity to larger urban areas that are highly vulnerable to a specific climate risk.

Read more via The Irish Times