NASA State of Sea Level Rise Science 2015 – 30 feet of SLR possible by 2100

Members of NASA’s new interdisciplinary Sea Level Change Team discussed […]

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September 29, 2015

Members of NASA’s new interdisciplinary Sea Level Change Team discussed recent findings and new agency research efforts during a media teleconference Aug. 26, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

The panelists for this briefing were:

— Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division at the agency’s headquarters in Washington
— Steve Nerem, lead for NASA’s Sea Level Change Team at the University of Colorado at Boulder
— Josh Willis, oceanographer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California
— Eric Rignot, glaciologist at the University of California, Irvine and JPL
— Tom Wagner, NASA scientist for the cryosphere and programs

Seas around the world have risen an average of nearly 3 inches since 1992, with some locations rising more than 9 inches due to natural variation, according to the latest satellite measurements from NASA and its partners. An intensive research effort now underway, aided by NASA observations and analysis, points to an unavoidable rise of several feet in the future.

The question scientists are grappling with is how quickly will seas rise?

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