Sea level trends for the period 2003–2013. Graphic: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Marine and Atmospheric Research, Australia

Geneva, 24 March 2014 (WMO) – Preliminary analyses indicate that the global average sea level reached a new record high in March. Some regions of the globe are experiencing greater sea-level rise than others (some are even experiencing declining sea levels) due to local variations in currents, land movements and ocean warming. The region of the Pacific Ocean near the Philippines has observed some of the highest rising sea-level rates over the past half century. This contributed to the enormous devastation in parts of the Philippine islands, when Typhoon Haiyan struck in November and caused a massive storm surge.

WMO Statement on the status of the global climate in 2013



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