Scientists indicate that sea level rise is accelerating, in accordance with a new study based on NASA data. As seas warm and ice melts, Earth ocean’s have risen steadily. This acceleration is driven mainly by increased melting in Greenland and Antarctica that could double the total sea level rise projected by 2100 according to lead author Steve Nerem. Nerem is a professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, a fellow at Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and a member of NASA’s Sea Level Change team.
If the degree of ocean rise goes on to change at this pace, sea level will rise 26 inches (65 centimeters) by 2100 by Nerem and colleagues from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.
The team tried to understand and better predict Earth’s response to a warming world, published their work February 12 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“This is almost certainly a conservative estimate,” Nerem said. “Our extrapolation assumes that sea level continues to change in the future as it has over the last 25 years. Given the large changes we are seeing in the ice sheets today, that’s not likely.”
One of the main reasons for ice melting in Antarctica is the world’s temperature going up. A UN draft resolution collected scientific study results on climate change, and the short reported that there is a very high and likely risk for Earth’s temperature to reach and surpass 1.5 degrees over industrial levels.