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NASA: Rising Sea Levels More Dangerous Than Thought. Seas Are Rising at Fastest Rate in Last 28 Centuries. Western Illinois University Libraries. Sea Level. Study Reveals Stunning Acceleration of Sea Level Rise. Climate Change and Impacts of Sea Level Rise. Global mean sea levels are rising and are predicted to continue to rise for the foreseeable future.

Climate Change and Impacts of Sea Level Rise

Because the projected rates of global mean sea-level rise (SLR) over the next century far exceed those observed in the past several thousand years, the potential exists for historically unprecedented impacts to the natural and built infrastructure occurring along coastlines. Plausible, risk-based scenarios estimate that global sea level could increase by roughly up to 2 meters by 2100 if Greenland ice sheet melt accelerates with regional and local effects adding to or subtracting from the global mean.

SLR has the potential to affect existing coastal infrastructure critical to the Department of Defense (DoD). Potential local effects projected by changes in sea level also must account for associated coastal storms, tides, and inland precipitation and runoff. Environmental effects induced by SLR are far reaching and will differ based on the geophysical setting. Images Show Impact of Sea Level Rise on Global Icons. Long-term sea level rise set in motion by near-term carbon emissions threatens major coastal cities across the world.

Images Show Impact of Sea Level Rise on Global Icons

Here we present paired images showing how iconic locations — in London, Shanghai, Mumbai, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Durban and New York — could fare under scenarios of business as usual vs. a sharp transition to clean energy. In the first image for each pair, we show projections of post-2100 sea level rise that could be locked in following 4°C (7.2°F) of warming from carbon pollution in the coming decades.

This pathway corresponds roughly to business as usual. In the second image, we show projections based on 2°C (3.6°F) of warming from carbon pollution. Global Warming Effects on Sea Level. Higher seas endanger coastal communities—where 40 percent of the world's population lives—and threaten groundwater supplies.

Global Warming Effects on Sea Level

Two major mechanisms are causing sea level to rise. First, shrinking land ice, such as mountain glaciers and polar ice sheets, is releasing water into the oceans. Second, as ocean temperatures rise, the warmer water expands. Trapped within a basin bounded by the continents, the water has nowhere to go but up. In some parts of the world, especially low-lying river deltas, local land is sinking (known as subsidence)—making sea levels that much higher. Threats to coastal communities. See references. National Geographic. Core samples, tide gauge readings, and, most recently, satellite measurements tell us that over the past century, the Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL) has risen by 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters).

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However, the annual rate of rise over the past 20 years has been 0.13 inches (3.2 millimeters) a year, roughly twice the average speed of the preceding 80 years. Over the past century, the burning of fossil fuels and other human and natural activities has released enormous amounts of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere. These emissions have caused the Earth's surface temperature to rise, and the oceans absorb about 80 percent of this additional heat. Rivers of meltwater on Greenland’s ice sheet contribute to rising sea levels. Learning Zone Class Clips - Coastlines affected by sea level change - isostasy - Geography Video. Case Study the effect of sea level rise on East Anglia. Climate change could leave sharks unable to hunt. The dogfish isn't happy about ocean acidification.

Climate change could leave sharks unable to hunt

(Danielle Dixson) As more and more carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere, the ocean is acidifying too quickly for sharks to keep up. For at least one species, the cost could be the vital sense of smell. Without its ability to detect the odors of prey, the smooth dogfish could be left high and dry. And chances are that the smooth dogfish isn't the only marine life that will see this effect. 5 Scary Effects Of Climate Change That Could Happen In Your Lifetime.

Sea level rise will swallow Miami, New Orleans, study finds. Say goodbye to Miami and New Orleans.

Sea level rise will swallow Miami, New Orleans, study finds

No matter what we do to curb global warming, these and other beloved US cities will sink below rising seas, according to a study Monday. But making extreme carbon cuts and moving to renewable energy could save millions of people living in iconic coastal areas of the United States, said the findings in the October 12 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal.

Scientists have already established that if we do nothing to reduce our burning of fossil fuel up to the year 2100, the planet will face sea level rise of 14-32 feet (4.3–9.9 meters), said lead author Ben Strauss, vice president for sea level and climate impacts at Climate Central. What the Earth would look like if all the ice melted. What causes sea levels to change. Earth Under Water - Worldwide Flooding. Antarctic ice is melting so fast the whole continent may be at risk by 2100.

Antarctic ice is melting so fast that the stability of the whole continent could be at risk by 2100, scientists have warned.

Antarctic ice is melting so fast the whole continent may be at risk by 2100

Melting ice in west Antarctica could raise seas by three metres, warns study. A key area of ice in west Antarctica may already be unstable enough to cause global sea levels to rise by three metres of ocean rise, scientists said on Monday.

Melting ice in west Antarctica could raise seas by three metres, warns study

The study follows research published last year, led by Nasa glaciologist Eric Rignot, warning that ice in the Antarctic had gone into a state of irreversible retreat, that the melting was considered “unstoppable” and could raise sea level by 1.2 metres. Arctic Glacier collapses . Too close for comfort. 5 terrifying impacts of rising sea levels. Sign up, Online Whiteboard.