This map shows which Hartlepool streets will be submerged if sea levels rise

An interactive map highlighting the potentially devastating effects of global warming to the world's coastlines has provided a scary insight into the potential future of Hartlepool.

Friday, 28th December 2018, 09:42 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 21:00 pm
Areas marked in blue would be overcome by rising sea levels in the event of a 2C rise in temperature, according to Climate Central (Photo: Climate Central)

Developed by Climate Central, an independent organisation of leading scientists and journalists, the interactive tool known as Surging Seas allows users to input their hometown and observe the impact a rise in temperature could have on sea levels.

At the Paris agreement 194 states and the European Union signed an agreement which would set the long-term goal of keeping temperature rises down to 2C - despite these measures the rise could still see large parts of Hartlepool submerged by rising sea levels.

Areas marked in blue would be overcome by rising sea levels in the event of a 2C rise in temperature, according to Climate Central (Photo: Climate Central)

According to Climate Central a 2C rise in temperature would see Marina Way and the Marina itself overcome by rising sea levels.

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Further inland Howlett Road, Church Street and the town's railway station could all be overwhelmed by a rise in sea levels.

At current rates the world's temperature is set to rise to 3.8C by 2100, according to the Climate Action Tracker - this would cause even more devastation to Hartlepool, according to the Surging Seas map.

A 4C rise in temperature would see the North Sea encroach on residential areas, with vast swathes of Stranton at risk of being permanently flooded, including Burbank Street and Huckelhoven Street.

'Rigorous research'

According to Climate Central their map "strives to provide accurate, clear and granular information about sea level rise and coastal flood hazards both locally and globally, today and tomorrow.

"Anchored in rigorous primary research, our work distinguishes itself by its user-friendly maps and tools, extensive datasets, and high-quality visual presentation.

"The program dedicates its efforts to helping citizens, communities, businesses, organisations, and governments at every level to understand the consequences of different carbon pathways and to navigate the shifting waters of our warming world."

You can check how your hometown and address would be affected with the Surging Seas map at choices.climatecentral.org