Thursday, March 1, 2018

Sea level rise is accelerating

A new study by NASA's Sea Level Change team published February 12 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown that sea levels are rising at accelerating rates rather than a steady increase as previously thought. That means that by 2100, the levels will be twice as high as previously predicted, causing serious problems for many coastal cities. If the rate of ice melt continues at this pace, sea levels will rise 26 inches (65 centimeters) by 2100. That's a lot more than shown in the graphic above.

Related imageIn 2018, NASA will launch two new satellites that will be critical to improving future sea level projections. In the meantime, we really aren't doing much to improve the situation. I'm glad we own a boat or two.

If you are up to the science, read the original paper here.
Read more about it in the lay press here.

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