Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sea levels along North East Atlantic Coast Rising to Record Levels

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Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US and Canada rose by record levels during 2009-2010, a study has found. Sea levels north of New York City rose by 128mm ( over five inches) in two years, according to a report in the journal, Nature Communications. Coastal areas will need to prepare for short term and extreme sea level events, say US scientists. Climate models suggest extreme sea level rises will become more common this century. The extreme sea level rise event during 2009-10 along the northeast coast of North America is unprecedented during the past century.

Scientists at the University of Arizona and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in New Jersey studied records of tidal levels along the east coast of the US and Canada.
They divided the coastline into three areas: north of New York City, New York City to Cape Hatteras on the coast of North Carolina, and south of Cape Hatteras and identified a sea-level rise much higher than predicted.
Commenting on the study, Prof Rowan Sutton, climate scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science stated, "In addition to long-term and gradual sea level rise, coastal communities will need to prepare for short and extreme sea level rise events and flooding." He said climate models suggest an increase in such events.
"There is strong evidence that the likelihood of such events has been greatly increased by climate change, and that we should expect more such events in the future."
"This example illustrates how individual extreme events are influenced by multiple factors - in this case climate change is likely the major cause of global rise in sea levels but regional changes in ocean circulation and wind patterns play their part."
"Sea level change is a complex phenomenon. The east coast of North America is quite close to an area of active, fast ocean currents, and so is quite sensitive to changing ocean circulation."
This sea level rise has implications for Europe and Africa as well as the US and could make European summers wetter and may influence rainfall patterns in parts of Africa and Asia.
You thought the movie 'Water World' was science fiction. Now it is a possible future


  1. PIC,
    This is scary ... it has been predicted that the east coast and west coast will be swallowed up by the Pacific and the Alantic oceans will sank them into the oceans .
    They also say the Gulf will clamed a lot of coastal land .

  2. It sure scares the Cheez Whiz out of me,
    I think we're gonna keep our boat in case we need somewhere to live. hahahaha!
    See ya later,
    'Luv PIC


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