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NASA Study Links Climate Change To Slower Rate Of Rising Sea Levels

Climate change has slowed – at least temporarily – the rate of rising sea levels, NASA researchers said Thursday.

A new study by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and the University of California, Irvine, shows that while ice sheets and glaciers continue to melt, changes in weather and climate over the past decade have caused Earth’s continents to soak up and store an extra 3 trillion tons of water in soils, lakes and underground aquifers, temporarily slowing the rate of sea level rise by about 20 percent.

The study – which was published in the Feb. 12 issue of the journal Science – was the first time scientists were able to identify and quantify how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected the rate of sea level rise.


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