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Lecture 26

EPS 7 Lecture Notes - Lecture 26: Sea Level Rise, Tacticity, Thermal Expansion

1 pages102 viewsFall 2017

Earth And Planetary Science
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David Romps

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Lecture 25 10/25/17
Ice and sea level: Where to invest in property
Paleo sea level data exhibit no discernable change in sea level over the past 3000
- Salt marshes and tide gauges
- Tide gauges
- Satellite altimetry
- Everything together
Observations show a sea level rise of 0.3 m (a foot) so far
With sudden warming, sea level rises at an initial rate of roughly 3mm/year/K
- T = +1K, 3mm/ year
- T = +2K, 6mm/year
- T = +3K, 9mm/year
Climate has warmed (on average) +1K = 0.3m
In the U.S. and most of Europe, sea level rise is around the global average of
In parts of Canada and northern Europe, sea level is falling due to isotactic rebound
During a glacial vs. during an interglacial
Isotactic rebound in mm/year (blue is positive)
For a sustained amount of global warming, the committed sea-level rise is the
eventual amount of rise you will get once the ocean and ice sheets have equilibrated
to the new global temperature
To understand sea-level rise, you must understand history
Forecast year 2100, cant tell
With warming, the committed sea-level rise is about 6m/K (what is coming to you)
- T = +1K, 6m
- T = +2K, 12m
- T = +3K, 18m
- If the mean global warming hangs out at +3K for thousands of years, roughly what
is the final sea-level rise?
20m (very uncertain)
- What is the timescale for adjustment to the new sea level?
We have two numbers
3mm/year/K and 6m/K
3mm/year/K = 3mm/K/year
6m/K = (6 m/K) X (1000 mm/m) = 6000 mm/K
(6000 mm/K) / (3mm/K/year) = 2000 years
Timescale for ice sheets to respond to warming is about 2000 years
PCP 8.5, sea level will have risen about 1m in 2100
-What contributes to sea level rise?
- Thermal expansion is currently contributing about half of the sea-level rise
- How much will melting Arctic sea ice contribute to sea-level rise?
Practically zero
- Why?
Archimedes principle says that a floating objects displaces its weight in water
When floating ice melts, it simply fills out the space it takes
Only the ice out of the water contributes to sea level rise
When an ice sheet melts, it pours into the ocean and raises the sea level
GRACE observations and Antarctic Ice Mass Change
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