Posted by Ken on June 01, 1998 at 08:15:17:
In response to Some on-line info, with a caveat or two, written by Caroline on May 30, 1998 at 22:44:25
Interesting charts. The Maunder Minimum shows up quite nicely, I see.
I note a second decline in the 1830s, also two spikes in the DVI corresponding to the temperature declines. Does anyone know what/if there was an eruption in the 1830's to cause this?
And actually, it isn't so much Antarctic melting that is the problem so much as the collapse of the ice sheets & their rapid retreat. That would rapidly increase the rate at which they melt & directly change the water level--although I can't find anyone to say definitely what dumping that much ice into the ocean would actually do.
The rise in temperature alone would cause the oceans to expand slightly (warm water expands) & that would account for a foot or so--enough to give low-lying cities problems, particularly during storm-driven tides.
Hate to say it, but if I were the Dutch, I'd be plenty concerned.
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