Attribution of sea level rise

I like to follow the work of my colleagues and office mates, and both Ben Marzeion and Kristin Richter were recently involved in publishing a paper in Nature Climate Change that demonstrates that human activities dominate the recent sea level rise.

The key findings are that in the first half of the 20th century, only about 15 % of sea-level rise were of anthropogenic origin, but human emissions caused about 70 % of sea-level rise between 1970 and 2005, as summarized in the infographic below.

Sea level rise graphicFor further information you can read the original article (Slangen et al., 2016) or a  News & Views story by Sönke Dangendorf.

About lindsey

Environmental scientist. I am glaciologist specialising in glacier-climate interactions to better understand the climate system. The point of this is to understand how glaciated envionments might change in the future - how the glaciers will respond and what the impact on associated water resources and hazard potential will be.
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