Geophysical Research Letters
Recent efforts in reconstructing historical sea level change have led to a range of published estimates for the global mean sea level trend over the last century. Disagreement in these estimates can be attributed to two factors: (1) differences in analysis and/or reconstruction techniques and (2) differences in tide gauge selection and quality control of the data. Here the impact of tide gauge selection is explored by calculating global mean trends using three different tide gauge data sets that have been utilized in recent reconstruction studies. The inclusion of tide gauge records that are affected by unresolved internal variability and/or unaccounted for vertical land motion are found to significantly impact the estimates of the long-term trend in global mean sea level. In conclusion, several guidelines are presented regarding the selection of tide gauges for use in historical reconstructions focused on estimating the 20th century global mean sea level trend.
Original Publication Citation
Hamlington, B.D., & Thompson, P.R. (2015). Considerations for estimating the 20th century trend in global mean sea level. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(10), 4102-4109. doi: 10.1002/2015GL064177
Hamlington, B. D. and Thompson, P. R., "Considerations for Estimating the 20th Century Trend in Global Mean Sea Level" (2015). CCPO Publications. 139.