Publication Date November 2, 2021 | WFAA Channel 8

The sea is rising faster now than any time in the last 3,000 years, experts say, slowly swallowing the Texas Gulf Coast

Galveston, TX
Galveston, Texas in 2008 (Photo Credit: US Navy)
Galveston, Texas in 2008 (Photo Credit: US Navy)

Climate Signals summary: Sea level rise is occurring faster now than anytime in the past 3000 years, due to human-caused climate change, and it's threatening the Texas Gulf Coast.

Article excerpt: 

Six million Texans live close to sea level on the Gulf Coast. It's home to massive ports and one-third of the nation's oil refining. So, what does it mean for Texas when science tells us, because of climate change, the sea is rising faster now than any time in at least the last 3000 years?

In addition to beaches, heavy industry and vacation homes, the Texas Gulf Coast is also home to an extensive network of tide gauges that give extremely accurate sea level measurements.

Dr. Phillipe Tissot is the Interim Director of the Conrad Blucher Institute and a professor at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He uses those gauges to study sea level rise.

“You can see sea level is rising,” Tissot tells me.

The oldest sea level records in Texas come from Galveston. Data maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show, over last 100 years, sea level is up by 2 feet.

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