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North Atlantic Sea Levels Have Been Falling At A Rate Of 7.1 mm/yr Since 2004…In Tandem With 2°C Cooling

By Kenneth Richard

Rapid cooling in the North Atlantic has reversed regional sea level changes and has apparently spread to the Greenland ice sheet.

Image Source: Chafik et al. (2019)

Despite stressing global sea level rise is worrisome and due to anthropogenic warming, Chafik et al. (2019) report a distinct cooling trend in the North Atlantic that coincides with a transition to falling regional sea levels since 2004.

Image Source: Chafik et al. (2019)

Meanwhile, Ruan et al. (2019) attribute the rapid deceleration in Greenland ice sheet melt since 2013 to the -2.0°C North Atlantic cooling that apparently has begun affecting the Arctic.

Image Source: Ruan et al. (2019)

A cooling trend in recent decades has also spread to West Antarctica, the Antarctic Peninsula, and East Antarctica (Lüning et al.,2019).

Image Source: Lüning et al.,2019

North America as a continent has been cooling since 1998 (Gan et al., 2019), with no significant net change since 1982.

Image Source: Gan et al., 2019

The Southern Ocean – 14% of the Earth’s surface – has been been cooling since 1979 (Zhang et al., 2019).

Image Source: Zhang et al., 2019

Large regions of the Northern Hemisphere – especially in Asia –  have been cooling since 1990 (Kretschmer et al., 2018).

Image Source: Kretschmer et al., 2018

Other than these regions, the entire globe has been warming…in line with what would be expected with global warming.