Spanish holiday hotspots that could be 'underwater' in 70 years

Climate change is a major threat to popular holiday destinations, according to new research. NASA has indicated that several coastal towns and cities in Spain, popular with British holidaymakers, are among those at risk.

The space agency has developed a map showing sea level projections based on data gathered by satellites and ground-based instruments showing the devastation global warning threatens to the Spanish coastline. Among those which could be lost to rising sea levels are the Balearic and Canary Islands, according to this scenario.

This scenario would occur if no additional climate policies were implemented in a world where nationalism drives legislation, focusing on regional and local issues rather than global ones. The effect of this worrying phenomenon will depend on the type of coastline.

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A cliff may not be significantly affected by a 15-inch rise in sea level, but even a few inches increase could erode a substantial portion of the coast if it consists of a low relief beach. The NASA map indicates that several beloved holiday destinations in Andalusia, a southern region of Spain, are particularly vulnerable to potential problems associated with rising sea levels.

Malaga is bracing for a potential sea level rise of 24 inches by the century's end. Almeria, another hotspot for British holidaymakers, faces a similar threat with projections indicating a 23.6-inch increase by 2100, reports the Express.

Valencia's situation appears even more dire, with forecasts predicting a 27.9-inch surge in sea levels within the next 80 years.

Barcelona, a city that attracts millions of tourists annually, could witness sea levels ascending by 29.95 inches by 2100.

The Balearic and Canary Islands are not exempt from these daunting predictions. Palma de Majorca is expected to see a 25.9-inch rise under the SSP3-7.0 scenario, while Santa Cruz de Tenerife might confront a 31.8-inch elevation by century's end.

In separate research, the British Geological Survey commented on climate change impacts: "A rise in sea levels will also have an impact on coastal and shallow marine plants and animals will be affected, for example mangroves and coral reefs."

"In countries with large areas of coastal lowland, there will be a dual risk of river floods and coastal flooding, which will reduce the area for living and working. Coastal defences will need strengthening and river levees will require developing."