Human caused sea level rise is real - new study | Pacific Beat

Human caused sea level rise is real - new study

Human caused sea level rise is real - new study

Updated 23 July 2014, 9:47 AEST

Parts of the Pacific region are already bracing for the return of the El Nino effect this year -- the weather phenomenon that brings wild storms to parts of the Pacific and severe drought to others.

But there's another temperature pattern to contend with, and one which we hear a lot less about, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.

It's a decades long phenomenon contributing to trends in local and global sea levels, leading to a contention that sea level rise is a natural phenomenon and nothing can be done about it.

Now, American researchers have produced new data showing even without the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, sea levels are rising.

Lead author Ben Hamlington from Colorado University says it is certainly caused by human activity.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Assistant Professor Ben Hamlington, oceanographer, Colorado University

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