Sea level rise in Halifax Harbour: A statistical analysis

P. Lombardi \ Oceans First, Issue 1, 2014, pgs. 20-25.

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Sea level rise in Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia has been documented since 1896. It plays a vital role in harbour policy making and planning. The purpose of this paper is to outline the base sea level rise that can be expected in Halifax Harbour by 2100. This was accomplished through the use of statistical analysis of sea level data obtained from the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL). A trend was derived using past annual mean sea level measurements which allowed a prediction to be made of a minimal rise in sea level of 30 cm by 2100. Acceleration agents were discussed to be taken into account by readers. The results of this study are to be used by policy makers, planners, and scientists as a tool to enact mitigation and future research.