NEW SEA LEVEL MONITORING STATION FOR TUVALU
FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (December 4, 2001 * Radio Australia)---A new sea level
monitoring station is about to be commissioned on Tuvalu.
The facility is being installed as part of the South Pacific Sea Level
and Climate Monitoring Project administered by the Australian aid agency
Linked to a tide gauge operating at the Funafuti wharf since 1994, the
equipment will continuously monitor land and sea level changes.
Pacific sea levels have been scientifically monitored since 1991 because
of fears that the so-called "greenhouse effect" will produce increased
rainfall and melt glaciers, inundating low lying coastal areas and atoll
nations like Tuvalu.
Whether the sea has been rising around Tuvalu is a matter of
controversy. The new facility is expected to provide definitive answers.