Uh-huh… total 8″ in 200 years or 4″/Century. Run! Save yourselves!
Sea levels in the southwest Pacific started rising drastically in the 1880s, with a notable peak in the 1990s thought to be linked to human-induced climate change, according to a new study.
The research, which examined sediment core samples taken from salt marshes in southern Australia’s Tasmania island, used geochemistry to establish a chronology of sea level changes over the past 200 years.
Patrick Moss, from the University of Queensland, said major environmental events which impacted the ocean such as the introduction of unleaded petrol and nuclear tests, showed up in the samples and were used for dating.
The chronology revealed a major jump in sea levels around 1880 after 6,000 years of relative stability, Moss said, with peaks in the 1910s and 1990s — the latter of which appeared to be linked to human activity.
“Overall, over the past 200 years or so, sea levels have increased by about 20 centimetres (eight inches),” Moss told AFP on Thursday.