Sea level rise can’t be stopped

Reuters reports that new research on the thermal expansion of sea water suggests sea level rise is unavoidable:

“Even with aggressive mitigation measures that limit global warming to less than 2 degrees above pre-industrial values by 2100, and with decreases of global temperature in the 22nd and 23rd centuries … sea level continues to rise after 2100″[].

This is because as warmer temperatures penetrate deep into the sea, the water warms and expands as the heat mixes through different ocean regions…

“Though sea-level rise cannot be stopped for at least the next several hundred years, with aggressive mitigation it can be slowed down, and this would buy time for adaptation measures to be adopted,” the scientists added.

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