The Rate of Sea Level Rise Increases
Sea levels rising are more prevalent than you might think. In the past few months, scientists have noticed that sea level is rising faster than expected.
The cause is the Earth’s overall increase in temperature, and this trend shows no sign of stopping.
Professor Julian Hobgood of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington DC, said that sea level was going to rise by about 2 millimeters every year. Since then, however, he has come to the realization that sea level is a little higher than what he had predicted, getting up to 3.5 millimeters.
“This is something that has been predicted and anticipated for several decades,” Hobgood said. “It’s a long-term rise and the rate is really just continuing to go up.”
These rising temperatures have led to rising levels of carbon dioxide not only in the atmosphere but in the ocean. The increase in temperature also contributes to rising sea levels, as water expands, taking up more volume when hotter. All these effects of climate change are only hurting marine ecosystems.
Although it is clear that the sea level is rising annually, Hobgood added. “There’s still some work to go before we can fully understand the mechanisms that could be responsible for it all.”
As the water level rises, a flood of water will inundate the lower cities and towns. In some places, however, the cities will have to adapt to the higher level of water.
This will most likely inail moving people away from the coast, as those cities with me be unsalvageable.
For the last few years, scientists have noticed that sea level in the Pacific Northwest is rising faster than other places in the region.