The Race to the Top: Is Sea Level Rise Accelerating Due to Global Climate Change?
by Emma Christina Farmer

[March 9, 2007]
 

 

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The Race to the Top: Is Sea Level Rise
Accelerating Due to Global Climate Change?

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One of the forecasted side effects of anthropogenic climate change is rising sea levels.  Two factors contribute to this effect: expansion of the oceans due to rising temperatures, and increased melting of land-locked glaciers and ice sheets.  Recent radar measurements from Greenland indicate that ice discharge into the North Atlantic is accelerating.  What does this mean for low-lying areas like the southern coast of Long Island and most of Bangladesh?  What is the bottom line for global climate change, anyway?  My own research is targeted at finding out how much the "Little Ice Age" has affected global climate, an important dimension for understanding human influence on the climate system.

 

 

 

 


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