British scientists Simon Holgate (Simon Holgate) and Philip Vuduort (Philip Woodworth) of the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory have discovered a bizarre effect: the level of water in the oceans rises faster off the coast and not in the middle.
The researchers used launched in 1992, the satellite Topex, which measures the level of water by means of microwaves.
According to data from the satellite, collected between 1993 and 2002, the global water level rises by 2.8 millimeters per year.
It is believed that this is a consequence of global warming: the water in the oceans is heated and expands, the glaciers are melting faster.
However, it turned out that during the same period, the level of water within 100 kilometers of the coast is rising faster — by an average of 3.7 millimeters per year.
Holgate and Vuduort suggested that the oceans behave like water in a bathtub — generated waves, which for several years circling around the edges "rim" of the oceans.