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Rate of global mean sea level rise 1920-2015

Over the last decades, various studies have looked at the variations in global sea levels. The study conducted by Dangendorfet al. in 2019 reported an annual sea level rise rate of 2.96 millimeters compared to the previous year in 2015. Satellite altimeters displayed a measurement of 3.43 millimeters in 2018.

Mean sea level rise rate worldwide from 1920 to 2015, by database (in millimeters per year)*

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

1900 to 2015

Supplementary notes

* Rate as a change from previous year.
** Figure for 2010 of Jevrejeva et al. and Hay et al. correspond to 2009.

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