It is predicted that after 2020 the Caspian Sea level will rise by up to two metres, acting director of the Institute of Geography of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences Ramiz Mammadov told Trend today.
According to him, currently there are no critical changes in the Caspian Sea level.
"The Caspian Sea level is lowering," he said. "In particular, it went down by 15-20 centimetres. The specialists call it a period of stabilisation as the lowering of the sea level by 15 to 20 and even 30 centimetres will not cause any economic or social damage."
He stressed the Caspian Sea level has relatively stabilised since 1995. This period will last until 2020.
"There is an assumption that after 2020 the sea level will rise by up to two metres," he said. "But we are not 100 per cent sure."
He also expressed his views as to the information of the sea rising.
"Temporary shoreline changes are connected with the winds," he said. "If the wind is blowing from the sea, it drives the water on to the shore and vice versa. This process cannot be called a change in the sea level."
The sea level is measured in those places where external factors cannot influence it, for example closed bays, Mammadov said.