Professor Nils-Axel Mörner is probably the greatest living sea level expert on the planet.
Morner has been involved in the scientific study of sea level for 45 years, and has 547 published papers in the peer-reviewed literature; most of them are on sea level.
This is his latest paper;
His main points;
*At most, global average sea level is now rising at a rate equivalent to 2-3 inches per century. It is probably not rising at all.
*Sea level is measured both by tide gauges and, since 1992, by satellite altimetry. One of the keepers of the satellite record told Professor Mörner that the record had been interfered with to show sea level rising, because the raw data from the satellites showed no increase in global sea level at all.
*The raw data from the TOPEX/POSEIDON sea-level satellites, which operated from 1993-2000, shows a slight uptrend in sea level. However, after exclusion of the distorting effects of the Great El Niño Southern Oscillation of 1997/1998, a naturally-occurring event, the sea-level trend is zero.
*The GRACE gravitational-anomaly satellites are able to measure ocean mass, from which sea-level change can be directly calculated. The GRACE data show that sea level fell slightly from 2002-2007.
*These two distinct satellite systems, using very different measurement methods, produced raw data reaching identical conclusions: sea level is barely rising, if at all.
*Sea level is not rising at all in the Maldives, the Laccadives, Tuvalu, India, Bangladesh, French Guyana, Venice, Cuxhaven, Korsør, Saint Paul Island, Qatar, etc.
Morner's reply to the government of the Maldives stunt in 2009;
*In the Maldives, a group of Australian environmental scientists uprooted a 50-year-old tree by the shoreline, aiming to conceal the fact that its location indicated that sea level had not been rising. This is a further indication of political tampering with scientific evidence about sea level.
*Modelling is not a suitable method of determining global sea-level changes, since a proper evaluation depends upon detailed research in multiple locations with widely-differing characteristics. The true facts are to be found in nature itself.
*Since sea level is not rising, the chief ground of concern at the potential effects of anthropogenic "global warming" -- that millions of shore-dwellers the world over may be displaced as the oceans expand -- is baseless.
We are facing a very grave, unethical "sea-level-gate".