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On the decadal rates of sea level change during the twentieth century

Holgate, S.J.. 2007 On the decadal rates of sea level change during the twentieth century. Geophysical Research Letters, 34 (1). L01602. 10.1029/2006GL028492

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Abstract/Summary

Nine long and nearly continuous sea level records were chosen from around the world to explore rates of change in sea level for 1904 - 2003. These records were found to capture the variability found in a larger number of stations over the last half century studied previously. Extending the sea level record back over the entire century suggests that the high variability in the rates of sea level change observed over the past 20 years were not particularly unusual. The rate of sea level change was found to be larger in the early part of last century (2.03 +/- 0.35 mm/yr 1904 - 1953), in comparison with the latter part ( 1.45 +/- 0.34 mm/yr 1954 - 2003). The highest decadal rate of rise occurred in the decade centred on 1980 (5.31 mm/yr) with the lowest rate of rise occurring in the decade centred on 1964 ( - 1.49 mm/yr). Over the entire century the mean rate of change was 1.74 +/- 0.16 mm/yr

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1029/2006GL028492
Programmes: Oceans 2025 > Climate, ocean circulation and sea level
ISSN: 0094-8276
Additional Keywords: ISI REF NISCJUL07 AJWJUL07 HIJ AR0708 OPM2007 JOURNAL PROG1 THEME 1 LLT00 SEA LEVEL RISE CLIMATE CHANGE
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 08 Oct 2008 10:31
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2696

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