RISG’s Pam Rubinoff on Accelerated Sea Level Rise with WPRI

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The ocean is a major resource for Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They’re not called the Ocean State and the Bay State for nothing. So sea level rise is a vitally important issue for our area and according to local researchers, our coastline will change dramatically in the coming decades.

“Sea level rise is accelerating,” said Pamela Rubinoff of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography and Rhode Island Sea Grant. Rubinoff says sea level rise was first tracked in Rhode Island in 1930. Since then, the water has been steadily rising.

“Around nine inches here in Rhode Island,” said Rubinoff, “and interestingly enough, since the 1990’s, we’ve seen around three of those inches.”

That means the water is rising faster as time goes on, and experts say an accelerating level of sea rise will soon turn inches into feet.

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