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Recent Sea Level Rise Fastest for Over 2,000 Years

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Robert E. Kopp

This figure appears in chapter executive-summary of the Climate Science Special Report: The Fourth National Climate Assessment: Volume I report.

The top panel shows observed and reconstructed mean sea level for the last 2,500 years. The bottom panel shows projected mean sea level for six future scenarios. The six scenarios—spanning a range designed to inform a variety of decision makers—extend from a low scenario, consistent with continuation of the rate of sea level rise over the last quarter century, to an extreme scenario, assuming rapid mass loss from the Antarctic ice sheet. Note that the range on the vertical axis in the bottom graph is approximately ten times greater than in the top graph. Based on Figure 12.2 and 12.4 in Chapter 12. See the main report for more details.

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