Sea level still increasing.
Sea level is rising, as these results for Church and White (2006) show:
Separation between the lines is for graphing purposes only, but the increases show that sea levels rose about 200 mm, or 20 cm, or about 8 inches, over the last 120 years. There is no indication of a slowdown.
Below, in one of my responses to a comment, I mention and provide a link to the pdf of a poster by Brian Beckley and collaborators. He gave me permission to post his images, and here I show one of quite current sea levels. Even annual variations can be seen. He cautions that these measures are difficult.
It doesn’t look to me that sea levels are showing a recent decline indicative of global cooling. Something happened between 1998-2000, and it would appear a similar thing might be going on over the last couple years.
Here’s a plot that removes several sources of cyclic variation, also demonstrating sea level rise.
Easterling and Wehner (2009) discuss making conclusions about the long-term climate based on such short-term variations.
2006), A 20th century acceleration in global sea-level rise, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L01602, doi:10.1029/2005GL024826.(
Beckley etal. 2007. A reassessment of global and regional mean sea level trends from TOPEX and Jason-1 altimetry based on revised reference frame and orbits. Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L14608
Easterling, D.R., and M.F. Wehner. Is the climate warming or cooling? Geophys. Res. Lett., 2009; 36: L08706