Sea levels in Northeast jumped 5 inches in just 2 years, study finds

February 25, 2015 8:35 AM

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Sea levels in Northeast jumped 5 inches in just 2 years, study finds

Sea levels in northeastern North America jumped by more than five inches in a two-year period between 2009 to 2010, a rate unprecedented in the history of tide gauge records, a new study found.

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, found that the temporary acceleration in long-term sea level rise resulted in coastal flooding and beach erosion along the Northeast coast from New York northward to Atlantic Canada.

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