A new study finds that the rate of sea level rise is actually worse than was previously thought. In a letter to Nature, scientists re-examine previous studies, and determine that previous values may have been underestimates of the rate of sea level rise. Summarized in the Washington Post, the group of scientists from Harvard and Rutgers have developed a new method for determining the rates of sea level rise using advanced statistical modeling that can analyze ALL factors contributing to sea rise.
“What this paper shows is that the sea-level acceleration over the past century has been greater than had been estimated by others,” lead writer Eric Morrow said in a statement. “It’s a larger problem than we initially thought.” Co-author Carling Hay added in an interview with BBC: “The acceleration into the last two decades is far worse than previously thought. This new acceleration is about 25 percent higher than previous estimates.”
Rising sea levels are a result of man made climate change and pose numerous problems for the future (see our previous posts). Let’s hope our newly appointed Tea Party committee chairs will actually take this information into account when making policy decisions concerning climate.