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Sea levels rising on US East Coast faster than anywhere else (3 times faster than global average)
CS Monitor ^ | 06/25/2012 | By Seth Borenstein

Posted on 06/25/2012 8:46:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The Atlantic Ocean is rising at an annual rate three times faster than the global average since 1990, according to the US Geological Survey.

Sea levels are rising much faster along the U.S. East Coast than they are around the globe, putting one of the world's most costly coasts in danger of flooding, government researchers report.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile (965-kilometer) swath a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Along the region, the Atlantic Ocean is rising at an annual rate three times to four times faster than the global average since 1990, according to the study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

It's not just a faster rate, but at a faster pace, like a car on a highway "jamming on the accelerator," said the study's lead author, Asbury Sallenger Jr., an oceanographer at the agency. He looked at sea levels starting in 1950, and noticed a change beginning in 1990.

Since then, sea levels have gone up globally about 2 inches (5 centimeters). But in Norfolk, Virginia, where officials are scrambling to fight more frequent flooding, sea level has jumped a total of 4.8 inches (12.19 centimeters), the research showed. For Philadelphia, levels went up 3.7 inches (9.4 centimeters), and in New York City, it was 2.8 inches (7.11 centimeters).

Climate change pushes up sea levels by melting ice sheets in Greenland and west Antarctica, and because warmer water expands.

Computer models long have projected higher levels along parts of the East Coast because of changes in ocean currents from global warming, but this is the first study to show that's already happened.

By 2100, scientists and computer models estimate that sea levels globally could rise as much as 3.3 feet (1.01 meters).

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atlantic; atlanticocean; climatechange; eastcoast; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; sealevels; usgs
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1 posted on 06/25/2012 8:46:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I call BS


2 posted on 06/25/2012 8:48:17 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind
Maybe I'm dense, but I thought water seeks its own level everywhere!

How can it rise more in one place than another?

Maybe the Eastern coast is sinking?

3 posted on 06/25/2012 8:48:42 AM PDT by eCSMaster (No one died in Watergate!)
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To: eCSMaster

I agree, water is pulled down to the center of the earth at a constant rate, how could they be rising in one place and not the other. Maybe you’re right, maybe we’re sinking.


4 posted on 06/25/2012 8:50:26 AM PDT by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily (Our Lady, July 13, 1917))
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To: Sacajaweau

If this is factual, doesn’t physics dictate that the eastern seaboard must be subsiding rather than sea levels increasing? Wouldn’t sea levels have to increase everywhere at relatively the same rate?


5 posted on 06/25/2012 8:50:43 AM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: SeekAndFind
So sea level for the Atlantic Ocean is rising faster in North America than it is in South America, Europe and Africa?

How does that work?

6 posted on 06/25/2012 8:50:51 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: SeekAndFind

What hog wash. All the oceans are connected and must rise or fall in direct proportion. Simple gravitational propagation. Idiots...


7 posted on 06/25/2012 8:51:24 AM PDT by ghannonf18
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To: Sacajaweau

RE: I call BS

You mean the U.S. Geological Survey scientists are lying?


8 posted on 06/25/2012 8:51:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Seems to me that someone is unclear on the meaning of ‘sea level’.


9 posted on 06/25/2012 8:51:59 AM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: eCSMaster

Good observation, how can sea level be different in different places? Somebody’s hitting the bong a little too hard. maybe these geniuses are measuring the level at high tide every time.


10 posted on 06/25/2012 8:52:03 AM PDT by PT57A
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To: Sacajaweau

CS is BS


11 posted on 06/25/2012 8:52:47 AM PDT by rxtn41
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To: SeekAndFind
Only last Friday we saw this: California to see higher than average sea level rise, report says.

Someone are not coordinating their alarmist reports.

12 posted on 06/25/2012 8:53:06 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: SeekAndFind

This just strikes me as being utterly impossible. Except for the impact of gravitational tide levels and winds, I would think that sea level balances out across the world and no particular area would experience a noticable rise in sea level without it occurring worldwide.


13 posted on 06/25/2012 8:53:38 AM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So...the St. Lawrence Seaway is running backwards now ?


14 posted on 06/25/2012 8:57:31 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: SeekAndFind

I think that I recently heard that the moon was closer to the earth than it has been or will be in decades - maybe even in hundreds of years.
Would this effect the ‘rise of the tides’? I wonder if this was taken into account.


15 posted on 06/25/2012 8:59:21 AM PDT by PastorJimCM (truth matters)
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To: SeekAndFind

Trying to catch up with California where they declared it was rising fastest the other day.


16 posted on 06/25/2012 9:00:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

The sea level cannot rise more quickly along the eastern North American coast than along the western European coast. Well, unless the Earth really is flat....


17 posted on 06/25/2012 9:00:17 AM PDT by kevao
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To: Sacajaweau

Yea really like this what we have to worry about. We are in hell right now who cares if the sea overflows.


18 posted on 06/25/2012 9:01:02 AM PDT by angcat (GO YANKS!)
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To: SeekAndFind
This is a really dumb story. Water (any fluid) seeks it's own ambient level state based on it's container, Only tides cause a shift east to west.

The true root cause is more likely beach erosion on the east coast.

Another possibility is a difference in measuring metrics. Remember NASA's monumental Mars probe blunder confusing feet and meters in descent rate?

19 posted on 06/25/2012 9:01:09 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, there’s another broken campaign promise.........


20 posted on 06/25/2012 9:01:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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