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The past, present and future of the sea level in the Basque Country

Keywords: climate change, changes to sea level, impacts

Author(s): Elisa Sainz de Murieta

Date: 2016-04-08

Issue: 2016-02

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-The sea level has significantly changed throughout the Earth's history.
-120,000 years ago, during the earlier interglacial period, the sea level was 4.5 m higher than the current mean level in Bilbao.
-The sea level rose by 2mm per year in the Basque coast during the twentieth century, 4 times faster than over the previous 7,000 years.
-The mean global sea level could reach 53-98 cm by the end of the century in the worst case scenario (RCP8.5).
-In the Basque coast, the latest regionalised forecasts show values of 41-57 cm (for RCP4.5 and 8.5 forecasts, respectively).

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