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Climate Change Science – Rising Sea Levels

Sea level has been rising in most parts of the world since at least 1870. This rise of the sea level is the result of different causes in different places, such as the land sinking in some places, apparently accounting for the higher level in those places. In other places there uplift is occurring, resulting in apparent fall in sea level. In 2011 there was an unusually strong El Niño during which there was increased precipitation over the land leading to major flooding in several parts of the world, with Australia and Pakistan being particularly badly affected. This El Niño event was so strong that enough water was evaporated from the ocean to actually lower the sea level of the World Ocean, though the sea level in now rising again.

Sources & Further reading

  1. Farmer, G. Thomas & Cook, John, 2013, Climate Change Science: A modern Synthesis, The Physical Climate Vol.1, Springer Dordrecht


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