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Sea Level Rise may be higher than first expected

by Selwyn Bergman
on 24 Apr 2008
Oceanography SA
Oceanography SA

A recent study by researchers from the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory in Britain revealed that global sea level rise could be as high as 1.5m by the year 2100. The new prediction is significantly greater than what was previously estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Researchers Dr. Svetlana Jevrejeva and Dr. Simon Holgate of the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory say that the previous estimate of sea level rise did not take ice dynamics into account - the movement of ice sheets due to melted water could speed up the disappearance of ice sheets and raise sea levels.

While scientists still fiercely debate the amount by which sea levels will rise, it is clear that the phenomenon can affect tens of millions of people with developing nations being the hardest hit.

Further reading:
World Sea Levels To Rise 1.5m By 2100 Scientists

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