ntists at the New Jersey-based Climate Central, the US National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the Center for Australian Weather and Climate Research in Melbourne claim that even if the most "aggressive" efforts are made to curb atmospheric global warming, ocean levels would continue to rise even as global surface temperatures stabilize.
The report includes a variety of variable scenarios under which average global temperatures could be stabilized and each scenario received a corresponding fluctuation in the expected behavior of ocean levels. But because deeper ocean waters store and transfer the warmer water that contributes to glacial melting, the impact of future stabilization of surface temperatures would be too late to halt the ocean warming that has already occurred.
Slower sea level increases that allow more time for those living in low-lying coastal areas to adapt, according to the report, is the best that can be hoped for. If carbon-reduction efforts are not successful, the rate of sea level increases will be faster, larger, and significantly more damaging.