Sea Level Rise Slowing Significantly?

  • Date: 25/10/10

Lots of “hottest years ever” during the last five years. GISS says 2010 is the hottest year ever so far, ahead of 2005. NCDC says that 2010 is tied with 2007 so far as the hottest year ever. We are told that glacial and sea ice melt have been at record levels over the last five years. The Met Office tells us that ocean heat content is at the highest level on record.

Let’s do the math. The two things which affect global sea level are glacial melt and water temperature. Given that both of these are supposedly at record levels, sea level would have to be rising at a record rate over the last five years. There is no other option.

In fact, it has done just the opposite. Over the last five years, sea level rise rates have significantly declined, from 3.5 mm/year to 2.0 mm/year. Identical to the rise rate for the last century.

Sea level doesn’t lie, does it?

Real Science, 25 October 2010

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