Atlantic Waters Rising At Fastest Rate In 2,000 Years
July 5, 2011
Boating may soon become a necessary form of transportation if sea levels keep rising at a rate recently reported in a new study. According to the Yale Daily Bulletin, an international research team has shown that the rate of sea-level rise along the U.S. Atlantic coast is greater now than at any time in the past 2,000 years and has shown a consistent link between changes in global mean surface temperature and sea level.
Sea level rise is one of the threats of climate change, as rising temperatures melt glaciers and ice sheets and put coastal populations at risk of flooding.
“Scenarios of future rise are dependent upon understanding the response of sea level to climate changes,” said Andrew Kemp, a Yale postdoctoral associate and the lead author of the new study. “Accurate estimates of past sea-level variability provide a context for such projections.”