Real News Interview: How High Sea Level Rise?

June 26, 2017

Much prefer to stay on the safe side of the camera, but completed this interview for RealNews Network a few weeks ago.

Deeply honored to follow and comment on sea level update by Eric Rignot, one of the pre-eminent glaciologists I have interviewed several times.

10 Responses to “Real News Interview: How High Sea Level Rise?”

  1. An absolutely excellent video and interview.

    I would have liked to hear more about what will happen to the coastlines in this century, as well as an approx. time-frame for when it will happen.

    There are days when I can hardly believe that we and the Earth are facing such a catastrophic crisis. This is one of them… just boggles the mind.

  2. redskylite Says:

    Thanks you for stepping up , and providing a great interview, questions and points carefully and simply explained by you in depth, mentioning overlooked things like isostatic rebound, and answering the inevitable one percent-er (Judith Curry’s) science accusations, well and fully.

    Let’s face it a sea level rise of 2 – 6 or even 9 meters in the foreseeable future will have a shocking effect on the world, never mind the heatwaves and disease increases and everything else, that may accompany this.

    I realize I have enjoyed a golden age, a similar period I’ve shared with such people as Donald Trump and other influential leaders, between the agony and carnage of two world wars, in a time of relative prosperity, employment and technological improvements.

    Surely people of my generation can in their twilight years realize the plight of later generations and do all in their power to fight the worst of the damage we and earlier generations have wrought on ourselves.

    Is that too much to ask ?

    Sea level rise isn’t just happening, it’s getting faster

    In at least the third such study published in the past year, scientists have confirmed seas are rising, and the rate of sea level rise is increasing as time passes — a sobering punchline for coastal communities that are only now beginning to prepare for a troubling future.

    • redskylite Says:

      “The most important measurement of global warming is in the oceans. In fact, “global warming” is really “ocean warming.” If you are going to measure the changing climate of the oceans, you need to have many sensors spread out across the globe that take measurements from the ocean surface to the very depths of the waters. Importantly, you need to have measurements that span decades so a long-term trend can be established.

      These difficulties are tackled by oceanographers, and a significant advancement was presented in a paper just published in the journal Climate Dynamics. That paper, which I was fortunate to be involved with, looked at three different ocean temperature measurements made by three different groups. We found that regardless of whose data was used or where the data was gathered, the oceans are warming.”

    • redskylite Says:

      Greenland now a major driver of rising seas: study

      Ocean levels rose 50 percent faster in 2014 than in 1993, with meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet now supplying 25 percent of total sea level increase compared with just five percent 20 years earlier, researchers reported Monday.

      The findings add to growing concern among scientists that the global watermark is climbing more rapidly than forecast only a few years ago, with potentially devastating consequences.

      Hundreds of millions of people around the world live in low-lying deltas that are vulnerable, especially when rising seas are combined with land sinking due to depleted water tables, or a lack of ground-forming silt held back by dams.

  3. The other factor that is a big part of the subsidence in the east coast of the US is the tectonic plate is being sublimated under the Atlantic plate. This accounts for almost half of the increase of sea level rise relative to that part of the coast.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Are you trying to see if anyone is paying attention by doing a Tom Bates imitation with this misinformed comment?

      The proper term for one tectonic plate “going under” another is “subduction”, and that is not occurring on the east coast of the US. Glacial rebound IS occurring from MA to the Carolinas, however—it IS contributing to SLR—and it IS worrisome. Two good sources:

      Click to access circ1392.pdf

  4. ubrew12 Says:

    I thought this was a really well-written and informative article on research to understand what is going on in Antarctica:

  5. Tom Bates Says:
    are some of the actual ocean trends as opposed to models of doom and gloom which are only models, not actual trends.

    • redskylite Says:

      It is good to look at trends in various parts of the world, but notice the trend line is gradually rising and many sources indicate that it is slowly accelerating. You are the only one who has mentioned “doom and gloom”. But rising trends means problems ahead in the future. Maybe not in your future, but somebodies.

      Computers are needed to project the trends in the future. They use all known factors and are a useful guide and tool. To dismiss the projections is foolhardy if not callous.

      Here is a 62 year record, meticulously kept by the officers of the Hong Kong Observatory, notice the trend is climbing up, project to the future and bear in mind that some acceleration will occur.

      Tide gauge records in Victoria Harbour since 1954 demonstrate an unambiguous rise of the mean sea level during this period. There was a rise of the sea level from 1990 to 1999 and a moderate decline thereafter. The trend is similar to that observed by satellite remote sensing over the South China Sea and that recorded by tide gauges at other coastal stations in the region. On average, the mean sea level in Victoria Harbour rose at a rate of 31 mm per decade during 1954-2016.

    • Gingerbaker Says:

      Bates – your data is not global – it is from two separate measuring stations. As usual, you post stuff that is irrelevant to the point being discussed, while you belligerently asperse experts in the field.

      What a fucking maroon.

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