The rate of sea level rise in Korea is three times higher...

The rate of sea level rise in Korea is three times higher than that of the global average sea level rise

‘Korean Climate Change Assessment Report 2014' published, containing comprehensive scientific information on climate change in the Korean Peninsula


It was found that the rates of sea-surface temperature increase and sea level rise in around Korea was 2-3 times higher than the global average rates, which were 0.85℃ and 1.4 mm/year respectively. This fact was disclosed by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) and the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), who co-published the ‘Korean Climate Change Assessment Report 2014’ containing the findings of scientific evidence, impact and adaptation on climate change in Korea.

This Assessment Report is a compilation of climate change in Korea and research trends, created after analyzing and evaluating about 2,500 domestic and foreign papers and reports on the Korean Peninsula released until 2014. The report includes such sections as scientific evidence, impact and adaptation of climate change and a total of 155 specialists participated in specific sections.

According to the report, the average temperature and sea level of Korea has increased, due to artificial greenhouse gases. A major reason for the rise of carbon dioxide emissions due to the increase of fossil fuels and land utilization led to a higher density of carbon dioxide in the air, has also been a major reason.

Eun-hae Jeong, the director of Climate Change and Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Environment, said, “It’s expected that the impact by the accumulated greenhouse gases will continue although we cut down on the emissions of artificial greenhouse gases. It will be required to create practical action plans for adaptation which reflect specific characteristics per region in order to reduce the damage.”

Reporter Lee Seul []