The evolution of sea-level rise on the West Coast
Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard describes how sea-level rise has evolved along the western coast of the United States.
Sea-level rise is not evenly distributed across the globe. From 1993 to 2010, the sea level in the northeastern Pacific Ocean rose 4 to 5 millimeters per year lower than average.
In 2010, sea-level rise began to rapidly increase on the West Coast. The largest increase coincided with a large El Niño event in 2015 to 2016, according to NASA.
Since 2016, the sea level has risen on the West Coast by an average of one centimeter per year, which is much higher than the global average of 3.3 millimeters.
Video Credit: NASA Goddard