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Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 164, Issue 4, pp 791–818 | Cite as

An Estimate of Global Mean Sea-level Rise Inferred from Tide-gauge Measurements Using Glacial-isostatic Models Consistent with the Relative Sea-level Record

  • J. M. Hagedoorn
  • D. Wolf
  • Z. Martinec
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Abstract

This study is concerned with the influence of the glacial-isostatic adjustment caused by the last Pleistocene deglaciation on the present-day sea level. The viscoelastic deformation caused by the time-variable ice and ocean loads is simulated by computing the resulting perturbations for a spherical, self-gravitating, incompressible, Maxwell-viscoelastic earth model. The associated variation of the earth rotation is described in terms of the Liouville equation, which is solved by means of the MacCullagh formulae. This allows the determination of the vertical displacement and geoid height and, thus, the solution of the sea-level equation. We test several viscosity and ice models and evaluate them by comparison of the computed response with the Holocene relative sea-level record. Using the optimum combination of viscosity and ice models, we then estimate the influence of the last Pleistocene deglaciation on the tide-gauge measurements. A comparison between the observational and residual linear trends for the tide-gauge measurements shows a significant reduction of the variance and geographical variability for the latter, in particular for the formerly ice-covered regions of North America and Scandinavia. The favoured value determined for the global mean sea-level rise is (1.46±0.2) mm a−1.

Keywords

Sea-level rise glacial-isostatic adjustment tide-gauge measurements 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Hagedoorn
    • 1
  • D. Wolf
    • 1
  • Z. Martinec
    • 1
  1. 1.Department 1: Geodesy and Remote SensingGeoForschungsZentrum PotsdamPotsdamGermany

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