Sea Level – A little wet?
Posted by Jeff Condon on June 17, 2011
The MSM is usually several days behind the blogs on issues regarding data quality. In this case, I don’t recall reading about it on the main climate blogs, missing it isn’t impossible with my current schedule.
Fox news covered this. As we all know Fox does not deliver real news and only liberal outlets like CNN, MSNBC, NBC, BBC, CBS, etc., etc… can be trusted for ‘real’ news. So please take that into consideration. It appears that the Heartland institute may have initially uncovered the story but Sea level data published by peer reviewed scientists has a tweak in the numbers which requires a head scratching.
The University of Colorado’s Sea Level Research Groupdecided in May to add 0.3 millimeters — or about the thickness of a fingernail — every year to its actual measurements of sea levels, sparking criticism from experts who called it an attempt to exaggerate the effects of global warming.
“We have to account for the fact that the ocean basins are actually getting slightly bigger… water volume is expanding,” he said, a phenomenon they call glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA).
The above quote is in reference to the following:
Steve Nerem, the director of the widely relied-upon research center, told FoxNews.com that his group added the 0.3 millimeters per yearto the actual sea level measurements because land masses, still rebounding from the ice age, are rising and increasing the amount of water that oceans can hold.
So what they are saying is that they are correcting sea level rise for the lack of sea level rise due to increased ocean capacity created by nature.
So to sum it up, the sea level didn’t actually ‘rise’ that much, but it would have, we think, if nature would stop messing with the planet?
Well 0.3mm/year is tiny for sure right
But Taylor said that the correction seemed bigger when compared with actual sea level increases.
“We’ve seen only 7 inches of sea level rise in the past century and it hasn’t sped up this century. Compared to that, this would add nearly 20 percent to the sea level rise. That’s not insignificant,” he told FoxNews.com.
Hmm, a 20 percent increase in sea level rise because we don’t like that nature is messing with the actual sea level rise.
I have to say, if this is true, someone’s thumb is again on the scale.
Of course we all know climate scientists have “nothing to gain” from exaggeration.