According to a recent survey, world sea levels grew at a 50% faster rate in 2014 more than the scenario in 1993. Following the examination of satellite data by Change journal, the speed since the 1990s was discovered – before this time, this had remained a hypothesis, as many scientists fail to confirm.
Predictions by the researchers
The researchers said that a combination of ocean data and satellite measurement showed a possible rise in sea levels by 13 inches if the present rate of acceleration doesn’t change. However, the evidence is that the rate will persist. Consequently, there’ll be the rise in sea level.
Study reveals the causes of rising in water level
Glacier melting and ice sheet have been identified as the key contributors of increasing water level, by warming waters that cause ocean expansion. Straight from a mere 5% in 1993, a thaw in the Greenland Ice Sheet added to more than a quarter of the rise seen in 2014.
An assistant professor at the University of Arizona and a co-author of the research, Chris Harig said that climate change and its consequences on seal levels should be considered in policy. He added that increase in sea levels is detrimental to coastal communities. Likewise, the growth of crops can be affected by increasing temperature, as well other consequences of the rise in sea levels. Harig said that it’s no longer time to sit and wait for governmental actions, rather, it’s high time discussions arose about the mitigations costs that’ll surely come in the coming century.
Undoubtedly, increasing sea levels have remained a recurring issue; it was also cited in a statement to the G7 by Hoesung Lee, the chairperson of the panel on climate change – rising sea levels. Lee pointed out that increasing sea levels is a threat to several people who reside close to the coast, or on the coast. He added that this poses a higher risk of displacement.