I would love to see the support data and the logical interpretation of said data for claims the rate of sea level rise. A July 27 article in the Chronicle stated, “According to the University of Florida, by next year sea levels will have risen from 6 to 34 inches ...” Obviously that is a prediction which may or may not materialize. If it’s anything like a lot of weather predictions, there is a good chance it will not.

It’s possible that I have found bogus data on the internet in my search for sea level rise, but I doubt it. On one site, https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/, carrying the NASA logo, there are two charts which show the average sea level rising by 3.3 millimeters per year since 1993. That converts to slightly over 1/8 of an inch per year. At that rate I would expect the level to have risen 3.64 inches (over 1992) by next year. Not 14 to 34 inches!

Maybe I have miscalculated or erred in my logic. If my conclusion and calculations appear to be in error I would love to be informed of my mistake(s). There is more information on the above website for anyone interested in viewing it. I can’t help but wonder (if I’m correct in my understanding) what the writer’s agenda. In closing, if my writing causes anyone to assume that I am an anti-liberal, they would not necessarily be correct.

Dennis Marshall

Beverly Hills

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CitrusCo Citizen

Dennis, I'm sure you'll continue to deny Global Warming and Climate Crisis for the rest of your life--just because you and the other Deniers are mindlessly "committed", but I also see a hint of inquiry-based thinking there and so, here ya go: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49086783?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR0fndu7NFaDATmKftUVdu9lE3QTzQ1pmSvvNxzHTbQoGfh-1wg4EdVqZaA

JAMESMCINTOSH

"In closing, if my writing causes anyone to assume that I am an anti-liberal...." It goes without saying.

CitrusCo Citizen

Crystal River is just a few feet above sea level. Beverly Hills is about 130 feet above sea level. Nothing to worry about in your lifetime, Dennis.

Miuke Nelson

"According to the University of Florida, by next year sea levels will have risen from 6 to 12 inches compared to 1992 levels, and by 2060 seas are expected to rise from 14 to 34 inches." Maybe a course in reading comprehension would help.

Ssabmud

It is so much easier to just trumpize (change information to say what ever one wants it to say) the information, than to attempt to actually understand it.

DM

Maybe I could use numerous courses in reading comprehension but If (as the data referenced shows) the levels rise by 1/8 of an inch per year, 1/8" multiplied by 26 years is equal to 3 1/4 inches. I would love to hear where my calculations or logic is in error. I have many faults and shortcomings but was only hoping to create a dialog to enhance my understanding.

CitrusCo Citizen

DM: The planet is heating up. Rapidly. This is the hottest summer on record. In Europe, especially. That can be measured with a thing called a thermometer. The Arctic ice is melting. Rapidly. Alaska just had a 100 degree day. Those things can also be measured with rulers and thermometers. Data has been collected, analyzed, and graphed for decades. We can read those graphs, and view actual photographs or even go there, and form conclusions. Some island nations and coastal communities are now disappearing under water. Those displaced residents can be found and interviewed, if you don't believe the instruments. You can (a) continue to be a Denier until you pass on and it won't matter because in a decade or two you wouldn't have seen much of a difference, especially if you never leave Beverly Hills, or (b) admit that you are not a climatologist or even an employed scientist, and just read the data collected and analyzed by experts and admit that it is true. Your choice, but promise me you won't be trying to influence the next generation. You probably won't anyway beause they already know the truth.

Miuke Nelson

It's not your math, it is your interpretation that I reference. You said “According to the University of Florida, by next year sea levels will have risen from 6 to 34 inches ...” . That is not what was said or reported. That reference was to 2060. That it not next year. The actual words were as follows: "According to the University of Florida, by next year sea levels will have risen from 6 to 12 inches compared to 1992 levels, and by 2060 seas are expected to rise from 14 to 34 inches." So by next year it is 6"-12". I'm sorry if I over reacted to your post, but these days the anti-climate change folks have no problem twisting facts to make their case and I'm sick of it and I'll call it anytime I see (or think I see) it.

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