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The rate of global mean sea level rise has accelerated during the last two centuries: #climate ht…

The rate of global mean sea level rise has accelerated during the last two centuries: #climate ht…

These big differences, even within a particular sea or basin, are due to different physical processes being the dominant cause of sea-level change at different locations. For instance, the Mediterranean Sea is a semi-closed, very deep basin, exchanging water with the Atlantic Ocean through the narrow Gibraltar Strait only. It is a concentration basin where evaporation greatly exceeds precipitation and river run-off. Therefore, salinity is one of the main physical parameters influencing the thermohaline circulation and sea-level variability in the Mediterranean, which may counteract the thermal expansion due to a rise in temperature. The NAO, interannual wind variability, changes in global ocean circulation patterns, and the location of large scale gyres are further factors that can influence local sea level in the European seas. Trends in sea level from selected tide gauge...

Full article: http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/sea-lev...

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