Global Sea Level Trend in the Past Century

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Science  26 Mar 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4540, pp. 1611-1614
DOI: 10.1126/science.215.4540.1611


Data derived from tide-gauge stations throughout the world indicate that the mean sea level rose by about 12 centimeters in the past century. The sea level change has a high correlation with the trend of global surface air temperature. A large part of the sea level rise can be accounted for in terms of the thermal expansion of the upper layers of the ocean. The results also represent weak indirect evidence for a net melting of the continental ice sheets.

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