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A decade of sea level rise slowed by climate-driven hydrology
Reager, J.T.; Gardner, A.S.; Famiglietti, J.S.; Wiese, D.N.; Eicker, A.; Lo, M.-H. (2016). A decade of sea level rise slowed by climate-driven hydrology. Science (Wash.) 351(6274): 699-703.
In: Science (Washington). American Association for the Advancement of Science: New York, N.Y. ISSN 0036-8075, more
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  • Reager, J.T.
  • Gardner, A.S.
  • Famiglietti, J.S.
  • Wiese, D.N.
  • Eicker, A.
  • Lo, M.-H.

    Climate-driven changes in land water storage and their contributions to sea level rise have been absent from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sea level budgets owing to observational challenges. Recent advances in satellite measurement of time-variable gravity combined with reconciled global glacier loss estimates enable a disaggregation of continental land mass changes and a quantification of this term. We found that between 2002 and 2014, climate variability resulted in an additional 3200 ± 900 gigatons of water being stored on land. This gain partially offset water losses from ice sheets, glaciers, and groundwater pumping, slowing the rate of sea level rise by 0.71 ± 0.20 millimeters per year. These findings highlight the importance of climate-driven changes in hydrology when assigning attribution to decadal changes in sea level.

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