Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

2007

Series

Manuscript

Abstract

Coastal residents know that the sea is never still. We witness the daily rise and fall of the tide against our shores, covering and uncovering the intertidal zone. We watch the water’s edge rise higher still during a ‘northeaster’ as storm surge adds to the tide. These events occur and reoccur in cycles and each time a degree of normalcy returns before a new cycle begins. What we don’t see with our own eyes is the slow change in water level that keeps on going – a very long cycle or sea level trend.

Keywords

Sea level, climatic change

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