Sea levels could rise 30cm over 50 years

21st January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Sea levels in the Mediterranean could rise by as much as 30 centimetres over the next 50 years.

21 January 2008

MADRID - Sea levels in the Mediterranean could rise by as much as 30 centimetres over the next 50 years if temperatures rise as climate-change experts predict, the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO) said in a report released Friday.

The study analysed how sea levels, temperatures and salinity have evolved in the Spanish Mediterranean since 1948, when the first scientific measurements were taken.

Manuel Vargas, who coordinated the research, said that their observations on the possibility of significant rises in sea levels, which might range from 25 centimetres to half a metre, "coincide with the worst results" of studies on global climate change. Vargas added that the forecasts will be conditioned by what we do to fight against global warming.

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Subject: Spanish news

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