sea level


Definition of sea level

: the level of the surface of the sea especially at its mean position midway between mean high and low water

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Recent Examples on the Web Warmer water also expands, resulting in sea level rise that can result in higher storm surge levels during hurricanes. Mark Schleifstein,, "Why did Hurricane Laura rapidly intensify? Mix of weather patterns, a dash of global warming," 7 Sep. 2020 Hurricanes and sea level rise inundate their coastal communities. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, "India’s megacities aren’t prepared for a wave of climate migrants," 3 Sep. 2020 In the next 50 years, researchers project that South Florida will see 21 to 54 inches (0.5 to 1.4 meters) of sea level rise above 2000 levels. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Above Average Holiday Weekend Weather, But Much Cooler Next Week," 2 Sep. 2020 There's also a lot more land ice behind these vulnerable sites, with bigger stakes for sea level rise. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New map shows vulnerability of Antarctic ice to self-fracking," 26 Aug. 2020 Public sentiment on the climate has changed over the past four years, including among young Republicans, who have become more sensitive to worsening floods, wildfires, and sea level rise. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump’s energy platform is the same, but the world is changing," 24 Aug. 2020 By 2050, Guinea, The Gambia, Nigeria, Togo, Bénin, Congo, Tunisia, Tanzania (including Zanzibar) and the Comoros will all be at significant risk from coastal erosion and sea level rise. Joanne Clarke, Quartz Africa, "Some of Africa’s most important heritage sites will be lost to climate change without intervention," 20 Aug. 2020 Greenland’s ice sheet is crucial to understanding climate change and sea level rise. John Schwartz,, "Konrad Steffen; sounded alarm on Greenland ice, 68," 16 Aug. 2020 In Hawaii, sea level rise could be 20% higher than those global estimates over the course of this century due to melting ice in Greenland and Antarctica, Fletcher said. Sophie Cocke, ProPublica, "Obama and the Beach House Loopholes," 15 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of sea level

1806, in the meaning defined above

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10 Sep 2020

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“Sea level.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sea level

: the average height of the sea's surface

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Kids Definition of sea level

: the surface of the sea halfway between the average high and low tides

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