ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has adopted official projections indicating sea levels along the state's coastline could rise by as much as six feet by the end of the century.

Officials announced the new projections this month. The figures are based on scientific research and will be used to help the state and its local communities prepare for climate change.

Basil Seggos, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, says the state is already experiencing impacts from climate change. Seggos says the state is working to help local governments, businesses and others prepare to ensure public safety and property is protected.

A law signed in 2014 requires the state to adopt official projections of sea-level rise. Officials say the six-foot figure is a high projection.

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