Satellite observations show sea levels rising, and climate change is accelerating it

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Sea level rise is happening now, and the rate at which it is rising is increasing every year, according to a study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers, led by University of Colorado-Boulder professor of aerospace engineering sciences Steve Nerem, used satellite data dating to 1993 to observe the levels of the world’s oceans…

Read Full Article; CNN (02-12-2018)

Research team detects an acceleration in the 25-year satellite sea level record; PhysOrg (02-12-2018)
Global sea level rise is not cruising along at a steady 3 mm per year, it’s accelerating a little every year, like a driver merging onto a highway, according to a powerful new assessment led by CIRES Fellow Steve Nerem. He and his colleagues harnessed 25 years of satellite data to calculate that the rate is increasing by about 0.08 mm/year every year—which could mean an annual rate of sea level rise of 10 mm/year, or even more, by 2100…

Original study: “Climate-change–driven accelerated sea-level rise detected in the altimeter era”, PNAS (02-12-2018)


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