The last 8 years is too short a period to be used meaningfully to reflect a true long-term trend in sea-level rise. The warmists were using the 1994-2000 period for their claim of rocketing rises; this 2003-2011 period is the reverse part of the cyle. We need a few more years to see what the true, long-term rate is. I vote for a reduced rate from 1970-2000, but I'm a skeptic.
Doug,I'm the author of the graph. It uses all the satellite data available, since 1992. The trend for 2003 (~3.5mm/year) is thus the trend from 1992->2003! The same applies for the remaining data, like the value for 2011, which reflects the whole trend 1992->2011. That's why the ***rate*** is going down!Ecotretas
Thanks Ecotretas!BTW I enjoy reading your blog