Chapter 10. Surface Mass Loading on a Dynamic Earth: Complexity and Contamination in the Geodetic Analysis of Global Sea-Level Trends

  1. John A. Church oceanographer8,
  2. Philip L. Woodworth former Director Chairman9,
  3. Thorkild Aarup PhD Senior Program Specialist technical secretary10 and
  4. W. Stanley Wilson Senior Scientist11
  1. Jerry X. Mitrovica1,
  2. Mark E. Tamisiea2,
  3. Erik R. Ivins3,
  4. L. L. A. (Bert) Vermeersen4,
  5. Glenn A. Milne5 and
  6. Kurt Lambeck6,7

Published Online: 5 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323276.ch10

Understanding Sea-Level Rise and Variability

Understanding Sea-Level Rise and Variability

How to Cite

Mitrovica, J. X., Tamisiea, M. E., Ivins, E. R., Vermeersen, L. L. A., Milne, G. A. and Lambeck, K. (2010) Surface Mass Loading on a Dynamic Earth: Complexity and Contamination in the Geodetic Analysis of Global Sea-Level Trends, in Understanding Sea-Level Rise and Variability (eds J. A. Church, P. L. Woodworth, T. Aarup and W. S. Wilson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323276.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 8

    Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Australia

  2. 9

    Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, Liverpool, UK

  3. 10

    Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Unesco, Paris, France

  4. 11

    NOAA Satellite & Information Service, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, Liverpool, UK

  3. 3

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA

  4. 4

    Delft Institute of Earth Observation & Space Systems (DEOS), Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

  5. 5

    Department of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  6. 6

    Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

  7. 7

    Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 JUL 2010
  2. Published Print: 20 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334517

Online ISBN: 9781444323276

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Keywords:

  • surface mass loading on dynamic earth - complexity and contamination in geodetic analysis of global sea-level trends;
  • Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL);
  • geodynamical processes and glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA);
  • seismic deformation, contributions to present-day sea-level variations;
  • glacial isostatic adjustment - corrections for GIA process, key element in analysis of observations related to global sea level;
  • inferences of mantle viscosity based on GIA data - sensitive to uncertainties in Late Pleistocene ice-sheet history;
  • GIA contribution predictions - geoid, becoming important;
  • solid Earth processes - bearing on analysis of global sea-level trends;
  • sea-level fingerprinting - framework for extracting information regarding source contributions;
  • relative sea-level data - feedback into models of ice-mass and sea-level mass change

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Glacial Isostatic Adjustment

  • Sea Level, Sea Surface, and the Geoid

  • Rapid Melting and Sea-Level Fingerprints

  • Great Earthquakes

  • Final Remarks

  • Acknowledgments

  • References