PerspectiveClimate Change

How Fast Are Sea Levels Rising?

Science  26 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5543, pp. 802-803
DOI: 10.1126/science.1065714

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Sea levels are rising as a result of global warming, but assessing the rate of the rise is proving difficult. In his Perspective, Church highlights the report by Cabanes et al., who have reassessed observational data and find that it is closer to model estimates than previously found. However, observational data are still limited and models disagree in their regional projections. With present data and models, regional sea-level changes cannot be predicted with confidence.