Large parts of the Clydeside from Old Kilpatrick to Whiteinch could be devastated by climate change within decades, a report has warned.

Analysis by US scientists at the organisation Climate Central show much of the land between the River Clyde and the Forth and Clyde Canal would be affected.

Older data showed just pockets of the communities potentially affected, particularly along the former shipbuilding and industrial sites including Queens Quay.

But improved data on elevations show most of Whitecrook and Yoker would be affected, along with Queens Quay, the Golden Jubilee, and much of Whiteinch.

Glasgow Airport across the river and almost all of Renfrew would be flooded.

The maps are based on sea levels and annual flood risk by the year 2050 and even include moderate cuts to global pollution levels.

Read more: Mum's heartbreaking search for missing Clydebank son Joseph Carmichael

Sea level rise alone will leave West Dunbartonshire largely unaffected in the coming decades, except between Milton and Bowling, according to the calculations. The risk comes when moderate to severe flooding is factored in.

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.”