Magazine Articles | Oceans | VOL. 11, ISSUE 67, July-August 2011 |

Contemporary Sea Level Changes

Sea level is a very sensitive index of climate change and variability. As the oceans warm in response to global warming, sea waters expand raising sea levels; mountain glaciers melt in response to increasing air temperature, and fresh water mass input to the oceans increase, again raising the sea level; and, ice mass loss from the ice sheets, also results in sea level rise. In addition, redistribution of heat inside the oceans by the ocean circulation causes regional variability in...

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