Rising sea levels trigger concern from NASA

NASA announced that they discovered, through intense recent research, that sea levels will most definitely be rising at a quicker pace, predicting up to three feet over the next 100 years.

The research analyzed data from a 23-year old record of satellite data from the NASA sites. After reviewing the information, the concluded that the average rise of sea level each year is a few millimeters, according to The Washington Post.

“Given what we know now about how the ocean expands as it warms and how ice sheets and glaciers are adding water to the seas it’s pretty certain we are locked into at least 3 feet of sea level rise, and probably more. But we don’t know whether it will happen within a century or somewhat longer,” they explained.

They further explained that the rise in sea level is caused by three main factors. One of the factors is thermal expansion. This means that as water grows warmer, it also causes an increase in volume.

The second factor for rising sea levels is the melting of glaciers and polar ice caps which happens because of global warming and greenhouse gases that are trapped in the atmosphere. And the final big factor is the loss of ice in Greenland and on the Antarctic continent. They added that the ice sheets there are disappearing at an extraordinarily fast pace.

According to the newest data NASA collected from its satellites, they warn that population living in coastal areas are going to face the highest risks within years. This includes coasts from Tokyo to Miami, those living in low-lying areas.

“If you live on the US East Coast, though, your sea level is rising two or three times faster than average. If you live in Scandinavia, it’s falling. Residents of China’s Yellow River delta are swamped by sea level rise of more than nine inches a year,” wrote NASA in a statement.




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