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Terrawatch: the rise and bigger rise of Mediterranean sea levels

Study shows sea level rise on Amalfi coast over last 20 years is twice that on Costa del Sol

Over the last 20 years, there has been twice as much sea level rise on Italy’s Amalfi coast as on Spain’s Costa del Sol, a study shows.

  • Kate Ravilious
  • The Guardian

Researchers combined data from tide gauges and satellites with ice melt measurements to model sea level change across the Mediterranean basin since 1960.

To their surprise, they found that sea level fell by about 9mm between 1960 and 1989, owing to increased atmospheric pressure over the basin.

But since 1989, ocean warming and land ice melting have driven rapid sea level rise, reaching an…

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