World oceans rising dangerously, says NASA

  • Oceans around the world are rising dangerously, warns NASA, adding that the ramifications of sea level rise can be even scarier than the worst-case scenarios predicted by climate models.

    Seas around the world have risen an average of nearly three inches since 1992, with some locations rising more than nine inches due to natural variation, according to the latest satellite measurements from NASA and its partners.

    “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 three feet of sea level rise, and probably more,” explained Steve Nerem from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and leader of the “Sea Level Change” team.

    “But we don't know whether it will happen within a century or somewhat longer,” he added. (Source: IANS)