Rising sea level

Study suggests current changes in the ocean around Antarctica could trigger steep rise in sea levels

A new study suggests that current conditions in the ocean around Antarctica​ could led to the rapid melting of Antarctic ice and an abrupt 3-4 meter rise in global sea level. Warming in parts of Antarctica is causing land-based ice to melt, adding massive amounts of

October 06, 2014

Pacific Islands capital to be relocated due to coastal hazards and climate change

Taro, the capital of Solomon Island's Choiseul Province, is getting relocated to the mainland due to coastal hazards and the risk of rising sea levels resulting from climate change. This marks the first time a Pacific Islands capital with al

August 19, 2014

Meteo-tsunami hits several cites along Adriatic coast, Croatia

A meteorological tsunami or meteo-tsunami event was observed today in several Croatian cities along the Adriatic coast. In some places sea levels rose up to 2 meters.According to Darko Dragojević, a member of independent Croatian meteorological

June 25, 2014

GOCE revealed the height of sea is not the same everywhere on Earth

New precision gravity data from ESA’s GOCE satellite revealed that the sea is lower heading north along the east coast of North America. Winds, currents, tides and different temperatures cause seawater to pile up in some regions and dip in others, so in fact, the

February 20, 2013

Explore the future's rising seas - New map pinpoints cities to avoid as sea levels rise

For the last 100 years sea levels have been rising. Several processes are at work so the levels of rising seas are not equal everywhere - while at some places land is sinking, at the other is rising. Stronger currents create slopes in sea surface, and since all

February 10, 2013

Rising sea level will displace a substantial fraction of the human population

Globally, sea level is now rising at a rate of about a foot a century and the rate appears to be accelerating. Experts say the human emissions of greenhouse gases that may make a huge increase of sea level inevitable, are expected to occur in just the next few

January 29, 2013

January "king tides" threaten coastal areas worldwide

High tides will be extra high everywhere around the world this week because the Earth is at perihelion - the point in its orbit at which it is closest to the Sun. Occurring several times a year, king tides happen when the Earth, moon and sun align in a way that

January 11, 2013

Global sea level drop caused by La Nina

A new study shows that the 2011 La Nina was so strong that it caused global mean sea level to drop by 5 millimeters (0.2 inches).  This occurred concurrently with the La Nina phase of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) which involves a shift in ocean surface

November 04, 2012

Cyclone Ladislav raised Adriatic sea levels, submerged streets along Croatian coastline cities

Gale-force south Cyclone Ladislav developed over northern Italy and northern Adriatic sea, causing floods along Adriatic sea coastlines on November 1, 2012. Combination of full moon, low air pressure along with strong winds blowing from the sea toward the coast,

November 02, 2012

Coastal erosion caused by rising sea level is greater than previously thought

The anticipated rise in sea levels due to climate change will result in coastlines receding worldwide through erosion. Rising sea level inundates low-lying areas, converts wetlands to open water, erodes beaches, exacerbates flooding, and increases the salinity of

September 08, 2012

Saltwater coming upstream into the Mississippi river, US

Salt water is threatening drinking water in the New Orleans area. Due to low water levels in the Mississippi River, salt water has been moving far upriver and was at the outskirts of New Orleans by August 15, reaching about 145 km (89 miles) north of the mouth of

August 17, 2012

USGS reports sea-level rise accelerating in Atlantic coast of North America

Rates of sea level rise are increasing three-to-four times faster along portions of the U.S. Atlantic Coast than globally, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report published in Nature Climate Change.Since about 1990, sea-level rise in the 600-mile stretch of

July 06, 2012

SREX summary by IPCC - Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a summary of its special report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation - SREX. The summary was released after three years of assessing climate

November 29, 2011

No bright future for Thailand's capital - Bangkok is sinking

The Thai capital, built on swampland, is slowly sinking and the floods currently besieging Bangkok could be merely a foretaste of a grim future as climate change makes its impact felt, experts say. Bangkok is sinking! The low-lying metropolis lies just 30 kilometres

November 09, 2011

South Pacific islands running out of water

A state of emergency has been declared on the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu as stocks of drinking water dwindle following months of drought. Officials of the world's fourth smallest nation have said that parts of the tropical atoll may have only a two-day supply of

October 05, 2011

Newly discovered Icelandic current could change climate picture

Scientists discovered new ocean current called the North Icelandic Jet (NIJ) far below the sea's surface near Iceland. It could significantly influence the ocean's response to climate change. The NIJ contributes to a key component of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning

August 25, 2011

State of the Ocean

The International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) was established by scientists with the aim of saving the Earth and all life on it.IPSO is currently compiling the Global State of the Ocean Report, which will collate world-wide marine science to

June 21, 2011

12.7 percent of barrier islands—a total of 272—surround the Arctic Ocean

According to a new survey, there are 2,149 barrier islands around the world, spanning 20,783 kilometers (12,914 miles) of coastline. Seventy-four percent of those islands are found in the northern hemisphere, though that is not necessarily a surprise because roughly

June 16, 2011

Australia evaluates sea level threats

Australia’s major cities are all coastal. Confirmed sea level rises, combined with ongoing severe coastal erosion, have been worrying people for the last decade. It’s now looking like the famous Australian beachside lifestyle is riding on the tides.The problem

June 05, 2011

Bahamas sink while one island mysteriously rises

All the islands in the Bahamas were thought to be slowly sinking, but now scientists find one quirky isle going against the crowd. This anomaly suggests the area may be less seismically stable than previously thought.Scientists focused on the small island of

May 19, 2011

Two small islands have sunk into the sea between India and Sri Lanka

Two small islands in South Asia's first marine biosphere reserve have sunk into the sea primarily as a result of coral reef mining. The islets were in a group in the Gulf of Mannar, between India and Sri Lanka.The Indo-Pacific region is considered to contain some of

May 16, 2011

Effects of climate change in the Arctic more extensive than expected

The effects of climate change in the Arctic are already here. A much reduced covering of snow, shorter winter season and thawing tundra. And the changes are taking place significantly faster than previously thought. This is what emerges from a new research report on

May 09, 2011

Colonial-Era erosion may have fueled Wetland growth

The salt marshes that rim the shores of Massachusetts's Plum Island estuary, which provide nesting grounds for numerous waterfowl and extremely productive spawning grounds for striped bass and soft-shell clams, have grown by 300 hectares in the last 300

April 28, 2011

New York 'at risk' as seas rise

New York is a major loser and Reykjavik a winner from new forecasts of sea level rise in different regions.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in 2007 that sea levels would rise at least 28cm (1ft) by the year 2100. But this is a global average;

April 10, 2011

Heavy floods or sinking of Southern Thailand

Two airports closed, boat and south-bound train services suspended, and almost one million people affected as the flood in southern Thailand worsened. The death toll continues to climb. Since 23 March 2011 there has been a prolonged heavy rainfall causing flash floods

March 30, 2011

Meteo-tsunami hit Indian Morjim and Baga coastal region

The unusual flooding of Morjim and Baga beaches showed signs of respite on Thursday, but a tsunami expert said it may have been caused by a meteo-tsunami on the lines of a similar phenomenon in Kerala during the past decade.There were no strange meteorological

March 26, 2011

Super high tides, supermoon, superquake?! Bloggers watch out for missinfo!

Blogs and news sites writing today about Fiji's superhightide.  FijiTimes in yesterday's edition issued an article named Super high tide. Nubukalou Creek in Suva, Fiji burst its bank with seawater flowing throught city streets. This kind of events happen on regular

March 24, 2011

Costa Rica's Punta Uvita disappears following Japan Earthquake

Scientists from School of Geology at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) monitor changes in ocean currents of the South Pacific to see if they could be affecting the erosion of one of Costa Rica's most important tourist attractions in the the Zona Sur (Southern Zone),

March 19, 2011

Japanese tsunami and Pacific ocean floor

As tsunami waves travel across ocean basins they are only inches high, but extend down to the ocean floor (unlike traditional waves which are only surface features). As the tsunami waves approaches the coast, the shallowing ocean floor pushes the water mass upwards.

March 14, 2011

Polar ice is melting more faster than predicted

The massive Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets that sit near Earth's two poles are melting at an increasingly faster pace, a new study finds. The study, based on measurements covering nearly 20 years, suggests the melting ice sheets are becoming the dominant

March 10, 2011

Rising waters in Kiribati threatening villages

An increasing number of coastal villagers are asking to be relocated because of rising sea waters in Kiribati. Kiribati is in urgent need of funding to build sea walls to prevent sea water destroying villages and crops. If more funding is not forthcoming in the

March 09, 2011

More sea islands disappear in China

A five-year government survey finds that China faces a worsening problem over the disappearance of sea islands caused by disorderly and crude exploitation. Reclamation, sand dredging, and bombing islands are some of the destructive human activities that have

March 02, 2011

2010 - A year of extremes in Changing Climate

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology's Annual Climate Summary for 2010, released yesterday, confirms the year was one of extremes for many parts of the country.Key points include: *The year, which began with El Nino conditions in the Pacific before rapidly

March 01, 2011

68 Percent of New England and Mid-Atlantic Beaches Eroding

Beaches on the East Coast have been steadily eroding over the past 150 years, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report.  During that time, scientists found erosion at 68 percent of the beaches in New England and the Mid-Atlantic, according to

February 28, 2011

The rise in sea level of the Mediterranean is accelerating

"The sea level in the Mediterranean has risen by between 1 and 1.5 millimetres each year since 1943, but this does not seem set to continue, because it now seems that the speed at which it rises is accelerating", Manuel Vargas Yáñez, main author of the book Cambio

February 27, 2011