Sea Level Rise Accelerates Over Time

  • Released Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:46PM

Global sea level rise is accelerating incrementally over time rather than increasing at a steady rate, as previously thought, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data.

If the rate of ocean rise continues to change at this pace, sea level will rise 26 inches (65 centimeters) by 2100—enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities.



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