This is what Hastings could look like in 2100

Bexhill and Hastings in 2100. Picture: Surging Seas
Bexhill and Hastings in 2100. Picture: Surging Seas

The whole of Rye and Winchelsea could be underwater – while parts of Bexhill and Hastings would be flooded – by the end of the century if unchecked pollution continues.

That is according to an interactive map which shows what the world is projected to look like in the year 2100, after the polar ice caps melt and sea levels rise.

Flooding in Rye. Picture: KT Bruce

Flooding in Rye. Picture: KT Bruce

Surging Seas, the project which has created the map, said: “Without big cuts in climate pollution, an unstable Antarctica could double previous sea level projections.”

According to the map, huge ares of Rye, Winchelsea and Camber would be completely underwater in 81 years.

The A259 would be totally flooded from Winchelsea all the way through to Hythe, in Kent.

The picture is not much better further west.

Rye and Winchelsea in 2100. Picture: Surging Seas

Rye and Winchelsea in 2100. Picture: Surging Seas

According to the map, much of west St Leonards and Bexhill would be underwater, with the A259 at Bulverhythe totally flooded.

Moving further afield, much of the area west of Bexhill would also be destroyed, according to Surging Seas.

Pevensey and Westham are practically all underwater in the scenario, and parts of Hailsham and Polegate would not escape the sea.

It’s a bleak outlook for Sussex – and the rest of the country... and world.

West of Bexhill in 2100. Picture: Surging Seas

West of Bexhill in 2100. Picture: Surging Seas

Surging Seas has been developed by Climate Central, a nonprofit science and news organisation which researches climate change.

It says global warming has raised the global sea level about eight inches since 1880, and the rate of rise is accelerating – increasing the odds of damaging floods from storm surges.

To view the interactive map, visit: sealevel.climatecentral.org/maps