Scientists at the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System have come up with new forecast models to predict seawater flooding in low-lying regions in the Pacific.

The models known as PacIOOS Six-Day High Sea Level Forecasts so far include analyses of Apra Harbor in Guam and Malakal in Palau.

Rock Islands in Palau, Micronesia

The Rock Islands in Palau, Micronesia

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“The predictions include the influences of currents and eddies that evolve over days, as well as shorter period motions not included in tide-only forecasts,” explained project leader Dr. Martin Guiles in a press release.

The press release noted that when seawater floods roads and homes, it threatens public health and safety. The forecasts don’t account for tsunamis or storm surge flooding.

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