The largest study to date reveals an unmistakable trend: sea level began to rise dramatically beginning in 1863.
Human activities have an undeniable impact on the global climate system in the twenty-first century.
The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, an organization founded in 1988 to learn more about the causes, consequences, and human responses to what was then known as dangerous anthropogenic interference with climate systems, unequivocally links the current climate crisis to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
A new international study led by Rutgers University-New Brunswick has calculated the time when sea level began to rise significantly, in addition to the growing daily evidence of anthropogenic climate change:
According to the study, global sea levels barely fluctuated between 0.3 millimeters and 0.2 millimeters per year from 0 to 1700 AD. During the next 60 years (prior to the Industrial Revolution), sea level remained relatively stable, decreasing by 0.1 millimeters per year.
However, after analyzing a global database of sea level records spanning the last 2,000 years, the study published in Nature Communications discovered that the trend begins to change in 1863, coinciding with the Industrial Revolution and the development of unprecedented machines based on coal extraction and use.
The study comes just a week after a technical report prepared jointly by NASA, the United States Geological Survey USGS, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA, among other U.S. government agencies, concluded that sea level in the United States will rise dramatically, by 25 to 30 centimeters over the next three decades.
According to the latest IPCC report, this trend “may not be reversed for centuries or millennia” and will result in human and economic losses from unprecedented river flooding and other extreme weather events for the rest of the century.
The study’s findings, according to the authors, will aid in preparing coastal areas for the effects of sea level rise in the near future.
“We can be almost certain that the global rate of sea level rise between 1940 and 2000 was faster than in all previous 60-year intervals over the last two millennia,” says Jennifer S. Walker, lead author of the study and professor at Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
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