Sea Level at Southern California: A Decadal Fluctuation

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Science  28 Jul 1972:
Vol. 177, Issue 4046, pp. 351-353
DOI: 10.1126/science.177.4046.351


The winter mean height of sea level at southern California rose 5.6 centimeters between the periods 1948-1957 and 1958-1969. These periods correspond to two fairly coherent large-scale climatic regimes with different air-sea coupling, which were previously identified. The rise was mainly due to a change in the thermohaline structure of the water as a result of changes in prevailing winds.