A drop in sea levels by 0.28 inches in 2010 perplexed scientists who had seen a steady rise since 1993. Now, one researcher thinks he knows why. An unusual amount of rain fell in Australia in 2010-2011, filling up a typically dry basin that never drained back into the ocean, said John Fasullo, a National Center for Atmospheric Research climate scientist. "Monitoring climate is intimately tied to monitoring sea level. So understanding why you would have this brief hiatus in sea-level rise is really key to our understanding of the climate system and being able to monitor the system," he said.
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