Natural climate shifts affect sea level rise

By Science News Staff, 13:14 PM March 23, 2014

Guest post by Beth Mole

A recent dip in the rate of sea level rise may be due to natural climate variability.

Between 2003 and 2011, the oceans’ waters rose around 2.4 millimeters per year, a 30 percent slowdown from the previous decade.

However, when researchers accounted for natural variability, including the El NiƱo–Southern Oscillation, the dip disappeared. The results appear March 23 in Nature Climate Change.

The finding reaffirms that climate change is ongoing, the scientists say, and high...

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