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Paper on Sea Level Rise retracted

by Selwyn Bergman
on 24 Feb 2010
Oceanography SA
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A 2009 study that claimed sea levels would rise by up to 82cm by the end of the century has been retracted. The retraction which occurred on 21 Feb 2010, was the first official retraction for the journal, Nature Geoscience, in its 3-year history.

The authors of the paper, Siddall, Stocker and Clark, used an empirical model based on 22 000 years of sea level history to link sea level rise to global mean temperature anomalies. The key conclusion of the work supported the projections of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

However, after discovering errors in the sensitivity test, and also in the manner in which statistics were applied during the study, the authors concluded that they could no longer be confident in their results, and decided to retract the paper.

Further reading:
Retraction: Constraints on future sea-level rise from past sea-level change

Scientists Retract Paper on Rising Sea Levels Due to Errors

Climate scientists withdraw journal claims of rising sea levels


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