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Is Sea Level Rise Accelerating?

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The authors of this review paper summarize what is known about past and current rates of sea level rise. They report that "the geocentric rate of global mean sea level rise over the last decade (1993-2003) is +2.8 +/- 0.4 mm/yr, as determined from altimeter measurements," and that "this rate is significantly larger than the historical rate of sea level change measured by tide gauges during the past decades (in the range of 1-2 mm/yr)."

Two Hundred Years of Global Sea Level Data

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This study of sea level data determines the long-term trends for 12 large ocean regions, which are combined to produce the mean global sea level. It shows that global sea level rise is irregular and varies greatly over time, and it is not possible to detect a significant increase in the rate of sea level rise over the period 1950-2000.

Twentieth-Century Global Sea Level Rise

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High quality long tide gauge records from around the world were analysed to determine a mean global sea level history from 1904 to 2003. The mean rate of global sea level rise was found to be "larger in the early part of the last century (2.03 +/- 0.35 mm/yr 1904-1953), in comparison with the latter part (1.45 +/- 0.34 mm/yr 1954-2003).

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