Cambridgeshire towns and villages set to disappear underwater by 2050 – .

Cambridgeshire towns and villages set to disappear underwater by 2050 – .

Rising sea levels and the increased threat of coastal flooding could mean that much of Cambridgeshire would be underwater by 2050.
Scientific organization Climate Central has produced maps that show projected sea level in 2050 if only moderate reductions are made in emissions, showing that much of the county would be below water level.

The maps are based on peer-reviewed research from a number of leading scientific journals and are designed to identify places that may require further investigation into the risk of climate change.

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The maps show which areas will be below water level by 2050 – if only moderate emission reductions are made – overwhelmed by sea level rise and increased risk of coastal flooding.

The areas in red are those that are expected to be below seawater level by 2050.

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Cambridgeshire is said to be at high risk for a number of reasons, including its famous flat landscape.

Moreover, its relative proximity to the coasts of Lincolnshire and Norfolk also means that once sea level rises above the east coast, Cambridgeshire will be among the first areas to be impacted.

With parts of Peterborough, Fenland, Ely and Cambridge expected to be affected by sea level rise and coastal flooding, we take a look at what the county could look like in 2050.

Fenland et East Cambridgeshire

Virtually all of Fenland would be submerged

Virtually all of Fenland and eastern Cambridgeshire would be submerged by 2050.

Wisbech, March, Whittlesey and Manea would all be below water level.

The coasts of Lincolnshire and Norfolk would be totally submerged by the rising waters, which would extend to Fenland and East Cambridgeshire.

Some small spaces would remain above the water, but maps show that virtually all places east of Somersham would be submerged.


Areas around the River Nene in central Peterborough would be submerged

Much of Peterborough would be affected by rising sea levels and increasing threats of flooding, with the River Nene extending into the city’s land.

Large parts of Ferry Meadows and the city center would fall underwater, with the river extending beyond its banks into the city.

Peterborough United are expected to look for a new home as London Road and Embankment (the proposed site for a new stadium) would be affected.

In addition, the main line on the east coast would have to be rerouted, as most of the tracks around Peterborough station would be underwater.

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Road already heavily affected by flooding, Boulevard de Bourges could be completely submerged by 2050.

On the outskirts of town, Newborough, Northborough, Werrington, Gunthorpe and Peakirk would all be affected to varying degrees.

For more details on how the maps show Peterborough could be affected, read our city-specific article by clicking here.


Ely would become an island again
Ely would become an island again

If the climate change maps’ predictions are correct, Ely would become an island.

The highest point in the Fens, it would be one of the few places above water and would not be submerged by 2050.

The areas surrounding Prickwillow, Pymoor and Queen Adelaide are all said to be underwater.

However, other small areas, including Witcham, around Ely would also remain land and become their own islands.

Cambridge and surroundings

North-eastern parts of Cambridge would be the most affected
North-eastern parts of Cambridge would be the most affected

Places north and northeast of Cambridge would be hit hard, with Soham, Waterbeach, Cottenham and Wicken almost fully submerged.

The northeast parts of the city of Cambridge are said to be below water level, including Chesterton, Cambridge North Station, Stourbridge Common and Milton.

The Grafton and Jesus Green are where the water would stop, keeping the more central parts of Cambridge pretty much safe.


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