Much of Ilford, Goodmayes, Walthamstow and Leyton could be under sea level by 2050, new data has revealed.

Not-for-profit organisation Climate Central has published a new tool allowing residents to see if their streets could be underneath the current sea level by 2050.

The interactive map, based on a newly published scientific report, shows areas around the River Lea and the River Roding are at risk of being underwater (marked red on the map) in line with rising sea levels caused by climate change.

The report’s authors, Dr Scott Kulp and Dr Benjamin Strauss, wrote: “Driven by climate change, global mean sea level rose 11–16 cm in the twentieth century. Even with sharp, immediate cuts to carbon emissions, it could rise another 0.5 m this century.

“Under higher emissions scenarios, twenty-first century rise may approach or in the extremes exceed 2 m in the case of early-onset Antarctic ice sheet instability.”


Large parts of Ilford, especially around the banks of the River Roding, are at risk according to the data.

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Goodmayes is highly at risk and scientists anticipate the whole of Goodmayes Park Recreational Ground could be below sea level by 2050.

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The A406 all the way up to Redbridge tube station could be under sea levels in 30 years.

The rising sea level would put Ilford Gold Course and Eton Manor Rugby Football Club at risk.

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The map shows parts of Leyton, close to the River Lea, to be at risk. Leyton Orient Football Club’s Brisbane Road stadium could be at risk along with the whole of Leyton Jubilee Park.


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The areas around the Walthamstow Reservoirs could be at risk. The map shows the Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, The Douglas Eyre Sprts Centre, and Coppermill Lane could be underwater by 2050.

The rising sea levels are almost enough to put Blackhorse Road tube station at risk, the map suggests.

A spokesman for Climate Central said: "Areas shaded red reflect places that are lower than the selected local sea-level or coastal flood projection according to the selected elevation dataset.

"Red areas must also meet hydrologic connectivity criteria.

"This refined bathtub approach makes mapping numerous scenarios fast and efficient and reproduces potential future sea-level threats well.

"However, when coastal floods are added, the bathtub approach becomes less accurate the higher the flood.

"Maps take neither engineered coastal defences nor long-term dynamic changes into account.

"Due to the error always present in wide-area elevation datasets, as well as the other limitations described here, this map should be regarded as a screening tool to identify places that may require deeper investigation of risk."

View the online map here and read the scientific report here.