In light of the current emphasis on Sea Level Rise in Connecticut and the recent legislation passed in Hartford, this is most appropriate. With the legislated 2.4 inches per decade minimum rise, this makes that laughable. Add to that the SLR legislated through a redefinition of the meaning of high tide mark from the “mean high tide” to the highest natural tide of the year thereby possibly stealing many thousands of acres from shoreline land owners. And as you can probably guess the insurance companies, The Nature Conservancy and environmental engineering firms are at the forefront of the legislation. Each of these groups will be the benefactors of these changes.
The average sea level rise rate for all 157 NOAA tide gauges active this century, is just below 0.7 mm/year.
The average for all 194 stations (including ones which are now defunct) is higher – at 0.8 mm/year. This indicates that sea level rise rates are slowing this century, and are much lower than the wildly bogus claims of 3.1 mm from the University of Colorado and elsewhere.
The blink comparator below shows CU claims, and the actual rates.
Eighty-eight percent of the NOAA tide gauges show sea level rise rates lower than 3.1 mm/year. This applies for both currently active tide gauges and defunct ones. Almost all of the tide gauges which show 3.1 mm/year are in subduction zones.
The widely used number of 3.1 mm/year is a complete joke.