Coastal sea level in China rose by 84mm

(ORDO NEWS) — According to the Bulletin of the Ministry of Natural Resources, China‘s coastal sea level will rise by 68-170mm over the next 30 years, and coastal regions are facing growing threats from rising sea levels, China Daily reported on June 9.

Last year, the country recorded the highest coastal sea level since 1980, which was 84 mm higher than in normal years.

According to the bulletin, coastal sea levels rose by an average of 3.4 mm per year from 1980 to 2021, more than the global average for the same period.

With accelerated urbanization, China’s coastal regions are facing growing risks from rising sea levels, the bulletin said.

The accelerated rise in coastal sea levels is largely due to global warming, which has led to the expansion of sea water and the melting of glaciers and polar ice caps.

Sea level rise amplifies the effects of maritime disasters. Last year, storm surges and flooding in China’s coastal areas mainly occurred from July to October, as sea levels rose during this period.

The report calls for intensified efforts to prevent maritime disasters and mitigate the effects of sea level rise.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that global mean sea levels could rise by two meters by 2100 and by five meters by 2150 in a worst-case scenario.

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