I am sure some climate realists came there at night and unloaded thousands of shiploads of landmass onto those islands to fool us all. Thats not practical? OK, in all seriousness. Why do researchers like to use proxy data and satellite measurements? Because people cannot control them. It will be whatever they say and as you cannot actually see what reality is, who will contradict them. That’s different with sea-level gauges (thats why they are out of favor) and impossible to hide when islands get bigger. Coastline changes have many causes. But rising waters and bigger islands make one puzzle.
New research says hundreds of islands in the Pacific are growing in land size, even as climate change-related sea level rises threaten the region.