COP26: The parts of London that could be completely underwater in 10 years

London has experienced some devastating floods this year, which have devastated homes, travel and public spaces.

As the climate crisis worsens, the UK capital could only expect to see such bad weather get worse. But what could this look like?

A group called Climate Central has strived to visually show what London could look like in just a decade if sea levels continue to rise.

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The flood map was made by the climate group, which determined which parts of London could be submerged in water by 2030.

The map explores ‘sea level rise and coastal threats’ and takes into account if floods worsen and the banks of the Thames burst.



The Thames can submerge parts of London if water levels continue to rise

Climate Central identifies that the UK is expected to be one of the countries hardest hit by the world’s changing sea levels.

What this means for London is that rising sea levels could cause the Thames to flood and submerge large areas of the capital in water.

Earlier this year, areas across London, particularly those in the west and east, were hit by major floods, with over 35mm of water in some areas leading to transport delays and serious damage to homes and businesses.

And according to Climate Central’s flood maps, West London is likely to be hit hard if the floods continue.



East and West London may be worst affected in the capital

West London

This is extremely bad news for the Fulham district, which is expected to be completely submerged in water by 2030, according to the group’s map.

Other areas at risk are Chiswick and Hammersmith, which will become islands emerging from the wide waters of the Thames.

The much-loved area of ​​Kew Gardens is set to become an island in itself, as floods submerge the entire area around it.

East London

As a result of the devastating effects of the floods in the area earlier this year, East London is expected to be hit hardest by rising water levels.

Climate Central says East London areas of Stratford and Plaistow to Barking and Dagenham could disappear underwater within a decade, with Bethnal Green and Walthamstow only just escaping the floods.



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Central London

Some of London’s most popular landmarks and tourist attractions may completely disappear underwater, the group predicts.

These include the Tate, London Eye, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe and even some parts of the Houses of Parliament.

On top of this, rising sea levels could sink important central London areas, with Southwark and Waterloo emerging as islands.

South London

Just a decade after finally getting its own subway station, Battersea Power Station could be completely flooded with water if the predictions from Climate Central are realized.

Parts of Brixton and Peckam could be flooded, and areas on both sides of the Thames could be completely submerged.



Battersea may be completely underwater by 2030

North London

On the environmental group’s flood map, north London appears fairly unharmed by rising water levels.

From Camden up to Finchley and the Child, there appear to be very few floods in the area, although parts of Tottenham are in danger.

Climate Central previously told MyLondon about its predictions: “Climate Central’s sea level rise and coastal floods are based on peer-reviewed science in leading journals.

“Since these maps contain large datasets, which always contain some errors, these maps should be considered as screening tools to identify sites that may require deeper examination of risk.”

The Environmental Protection Agency has previously questioned the accuracy of the maps, saying they could be “misleading” as they do not take into account flood prevention measures.

The government agency said on August 18: “While it is useful to spark discussion on the effects of sea level rise and the need to adapt to climate change, the prediction of sea level rise made by Climate Central about future floods in the area may be misleading and inappropriate. inform local coastal flood risk.

“The prediction does not take into account extensive efforts to prevent such serious incidents in the future, including the presence of naval defenses that protect communities from floods.”

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