Skip to comments.US northeast coast is hotspot for rising sea levels
Posted on 06/25/2012 7:44:01 PM PDT by neverdem
Report comes after North Carolina senate proposes bill to ban predictions of increase in rates of sea-level rise.
Research from the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows that sea levels are rising much faster between North Carolina and Massachusetts than anywhere else in the world. The news comes less than two weeks after North Carolina's Senate passed a bill banning state agencies from reporting predictions of increasing rates of sea-level rise.
Asbury Sallenger, an oceanographer at the USGS in St Petersburg, Florida, and his colleagues published their report today in Nature Climate Change1. They analysed tide-gauge records from around North America from between 1950 and 2009, and found that the rates of sea-level rise along the northern half of the eastern seaboard from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to Boston, Massachusetts are increasing three to four times faster than rates of sea-level rise globally.
In absolute figures, sea levels on this stretch of coast have climbed by between 2 and 3.7 millimetres per year since 1980, whereas the global increase over the same period was 0.61.0 millimetres per year.
The existence of the hotspot is consistent with the measured slowing of Atlantic Ocean circulation, which may be tied to changes in water temperature, salinity and density in the subpolar north of the ocean.
The researchers predicted that by 2100, sea levels in the hotspot would rise by between 20 and 29 centimetres above the global increase, which most oceanographers predict will be about one metre.
"Many people mistakenly think that the rate of sea-level rise is the same everywhere as glaciers and ice caps melt, said Marcia McNutt, director of the USGS. However, regional variations in temperature, water salinity and air pressure can cause rates of increase to differ considerably, as can ocean currents and land movements...
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Probably because of all of the farting around going on up there by the northeast liberals.
Two or three threads earlier today on this. It’s unsettling that this nonsense is being picked up by so many “news” outlets. The 15-year old link shows what is happening in one area. Scientific explanations of the past are being overlooked (deliberately?) in favor of the old standby “global warming” and man-caused climate change as the culprit.
... or you built your house at low tide LOL ...
That’s why I left the wheels on mine.
It’s not the sea rising. Time was that area was covered with a mile and a half of ice. When it melted the land rose. Now there are liberals a mile and a half deep and since they are so full of it that they leave brown tracks everywhere they weigh more than the ice did and they have reversed the process.
“Had anyone with half a brain peer-reviewed this paper, they would have looked at the satellite data and realized that there has been little or no sea level rise in that region over the last decade. Much of the rise in sea level which the authors think they are seeing, is actually due to subsidence of the land.”
Credit: Steven Goddard
How’s Bangladesh doing? They should be under water if this is true...which it isn’t.
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Your forgetting about the effects of glashal ice pushing down the land inland thus building up the land near the coast.
Coastal New England will settled into the ocean and I say good ridden
heheh closer than you think. Coastal New England actually is sinking its a phenomena known as Post-glacial rebound.
Basicly ice weights a lot, so much in fact that when it covered the land in vast sheets it pushed down the crust causing the perimeter to budge up. After that ice melted 11-5 thousand years ago the crust has been slowly settling ever sense.
Looks like a refinement of what we were taught in grade school in the 1950s & 60s: "West Coast is an emerging/rising shore; East Coast is a subsiding/sinking shore."
We keep breeding new generations of the blooming idiots.
I've seen three waves now, and they all think they have discovered Nobel Prize material.
There is a very good reason why we have never heard about any of them.
OK Lefties, what should we do about it?
Came up with that answer pretty quick, didn't you?
The #1 goal of government schooling. Real thinkers resist collectivism.
We have the same issue with global average temperature measurements. No one likes to talk about it. At least no one shilling for AGW grants, or helping the whole scam along.
Ergo the correct scientific conclusion should be that the land in these areas is sinking.
ps: Next time they want this type of 'research' done, maybe should call a Plumber.
(But not on Sundays, nooo. Not Sundays.)
Also, Ice Age Rebound
For example Finland is growing by 2.7 square miles per year, the water has to go somewhere.
The land is still rising. It's called "isostatic rebound." It's the reason why you can look at a topographical map of Canada and see many huge, natural lakes. While if you look at a map of the U.S., you'll see the Great Lakes (most of them shared with Canada) and other smaller lakes only in the northern states. Virtually all other American lakes, except for lowland lakes close to the sea like Lake Ponchartrain, are artificially-created lakes.
After the retreat (actually melting) of the last huge ice sheets, areas of Wisconsin and Minnesota were covered with huge glacial lakes like Lake Agassiz. That lake and others like it are no more as the land rose emptying them. Huge amounts of Candadian water are still being emptied into the sea as the land rises. And that is one big reason why the sea is rising.