A possible future: Sea-level rise

Source: CSIRO. Graph of global average sea level data from 1880 to 2014. Link to primary data source: Church & White, 2011.

Scientists nearly double sea level rise projections for 2100, because of Antarctica (The Washington Post, 30 Mar 2016)

Source: NASA Climate Time Machine. Map of the Southeast US with 6 meters (20 feet) of sea level rise. Red shaded regions would be underwater. For context, satellite observations have indicated a thinning of parts of the Greenland ice sheet. If it were to melt completely, water from the Greenland ice sheet would raise the global sea level by 5-7 meters (16-23 feet).

London and New York could be underwater ‘in our lifetimes’: Scientists warn of devastating floods if the West Antarctic ice shelf breaks up (The Daily Mail, 28 Nov 2016)

The processes that could bring about this awful future have already been obviously underway for well over a decade.

Read more: J. Church, Science (2010).


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