Ayrshire and Arran could be devastated by flooding, a new study has warned.

A report by Climate Central, a US-based scientific organisation, shows large areas along the coast at risk by 2050.

Improved data shows much of the coastline from Ballantrae to Skelmorlie affected because of rising sea levels.

Hunterston Power Station, Ardrossan Asda, Stevenston Train Station and the Robert Burns mural at Ardeer, are just some of the places within the red zone.

Climate Central have published a map using sea levels and annual flood risk showing the areas at risk of being swallowed up in 30 years time and factors in moderate cuts to global pollution levels.

Sea level rise alone will leave Ayrshire largely unaffected in the coming decades according to the calculations but when moderate to severe flooding is factored in the results are widespread.

Sandylands Holiday Park and waterfront houses in Seamill, Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston are all at risk along with the A78 across the River Garnock.

Climate Central’s report read: “Sea level rise is one of the best known of climate change’s many dangers.

“As humanity pollutes the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, the planet warms.

“And as it does, warming sea water expands, increasing the volume of the world’s oceans.

“The consequences range from near-term increases in coastal flooding that can damage infrastructure and crops to the permanent displacement of coastal communities.

“Areas shaded red reflect places that are lower than the selected local sea-level and/or coastal flood projection.

“Over the course of the 21st century, global sea levels are projected to rise between about two and seven feet, and possibly more.”

The report added: “Despite these existing defences, increasing ocean flooding, permanent submergence, and coastal defence costs are likely to deliver profound humanitarian, economic, and political consequences.

“This will happen not just in the distant future, but also within the lifetimes of most people alive today.”

Last month, North Ayrshire Council announced plans to submit proposals for new flood protection schemes to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The three new proposals are the Lower Irvine Valley Flood Scheme, including flood walls and embankment, upgrade of the Keppen Burn Culvert, Fairlie, to decrease the risk of flooding, and flood scheme works to reduce the risk in Brodick and Lamlash on Arran.

SEPA is expected to make a decision on the proposals next year.