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SONG, Hongzhi; SADOVSKI, Alexey  and  JEFFRESS, Gary. Sea level rise and the geoid: factor analysis approach. Rev. Mat [online]. 2013, vol.20, n.2, pp.167-182. ISSN 1409-2433.

Sea levels are rising around the world, and this is a particular concern along most of the coasts of the United States. A 1989 EPA report shows that sea levels rose 5-6 inches more than the global average along the Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coasts in the last century. The main reason for this is coastal land subsidence. This sea level rise is considered more as relative sea level rise than global sea level rise. Thus, instead of studying sea level rise globally, this paper describes a statistical approach by using factor analysis of regional sea level rates of change. Unlike physical models and semi-empirical models that attempt to approach how much and how fast sea levels are changing, this methodology allows for a discussion of the factor(s) that statistically affects sea level rates of change, and seeks patterns to explain spatial correlations.

Keywords : Sea level; the geoid; factor analysis.

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