Florida_Sea_Level_Analysis

Florida_Sea_Level_Analysis - Floridas Changing Sea Level by...

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Florida’s Changing Sea Level by Professor George A. Maul, Ph.D. Department of Marine and Environmental Systems, Florida Institute of Technology Report: (Annotated version) Key West has the distinction of being the Western Hemisphere’s longest sea level record. It dates back to 1846, and although it has several multi-year gaps, it shows a long-term trend of rising sea level of about +2 mm per year. Records such as those at Key West are a measure of the ocean’s surface relative to fixed survey points on land called benchmarks, and is titled relative sea level (RSL). Changing sea level is a study of the inter-annual trends calculated by a linear least-squares fit to monthly or annual means as shown below for Key West (data from the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level). RSL is a combination of several factors including the rise or fall of the sea surface due to variations in salinity and/or temperature, vertical land motion, and changes in currents, winds, barometric pressure, bottom topography, long-period tides,
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