climate_authority32009-medNew research by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) suggests that melting ice off of Greenland will contribute to higher ocean levels along the east coast of North America from Canada down to the Mid-Atlantic States. Using NCAR modeling software, they predict that by the year 2100 the levels may rise 12 to 20 inches.

Scientists have been cautious about estimating average sea level rise this century, in part because of complex processes within ice sheets. The 2007 assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projected that sea levels worldwide could rise by an average of 7 to 23 inches later this century, but many researchers believe the rise will be greater because of dynamic factors in ice sheets that appear to have accelerated the melting rate in recent years.

The new research was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by NCAR’s sponsor, the National Science Foundation. It was conducted by scientists at NCAR, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Florida State University.

Click here to read the entire article by NCAR.

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This post was written by qni_it on May 28, 2009

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  1. Ike May 28, 2009 6:23 PM

    Thank You for sharing it! What I was very surprise about the article is that Pacific is not going to rise that much like the Atlantic.

  2. Jim May 28, 2009 9:29 PM

    off topic, but Eric, didn’t those clickers used to be very simple? lol that was great!

  3. Eric Sorensen May 29, 2009 2:42 PM

    Jim: Yes, now they’re a work hazard! LOL

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