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2009-09-24 12:25:25

According to a study that might help predict rising sea levels linked to climate change, scientists are surprised at how fast coastal ice in Antarctica and Greenland is thinning. Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and Bristol University said that glaciers speeding up when they flowed into the sea caused the biggest loss of ice, which was seen by analysis of missions of NASA satellite laser images. "We were surprised to see such a strong pattern of thinning glaciers across such...

2009-07-27 09:26:55

Fossil coral data and temperature records derived from ice-core measurements have been used to place better constraints on future sea level rise, and to test sea level projections.The results are published today in Nature Geoscience and predict that the amount of sea level rise by the end of this century will be between 7- 82 cm "“ depending on the amount of warming that occurs "“ a figure similar to that projected by the IPCC report of 2007.Placing limits on the amount of sea...

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2009-05-28 06:25:00

Scientists say that a number of the United States' most populous east coast cities "” including New York and Boston "” could see higher than expected rises in sea levels if Greenland's glacial-melt continues at its current rate. Researchers reported that sea levels on North America's northeast coast could potentially rise by 12 to 20 inches more than other coastal regions if the melting of Greenland's ice sheet continues to accelerate. Because of the tremendous quantity of fresh...

2009-03-11 12:13:43

Scientists at a Denmark conference say rising sea levels will have a major negative impact on 1-in-10 humans living in the Earth's low-lying coastal areas. Research presented during this week's International Scientific Congress on Climate Change in Copenhagen shows the upper range of sea level rise by 2100 could be in the range of about 1 meter (3 feet) or possibly more. At the lower end of the spectrum, studies show it is increasingly unlikely sea level rise will be much less than 50...

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2009-01-08 16:25:00

New research indicates that the ocean could rise in the next 100 years to a meter higher than the current sea level "“ which is three times higher than predictions from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC. The groundbreaking new results from an international collaboration between researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, England and Finland are published in the scientific journal Climate Dynamics.According to the UN's...

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2008-12-15 09:47:24

As ice melts away from Antarctica, parts of the continental bedrock are rising in response -- and other parts are sinking, scientists have discovered. The finding will give much needed perspective to satellite instruments that measure ice loss on the continent, and help improve estimates of future sea level rise. "Our preliminary results show that we can dramatically improve our estimates of whether Antarctica is gaining or losing ice," said Terry Wilson, associate professor of earth sciences...

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2008-11-13 08:40:00

Observations from satellites now allow scientists to monitor changes to water levels in the sea, in rivers and lakes, in ice sheets and even under the ground. As the climate changes, this information will be crucial for monitoring its effects and predicting future impacts in different regions. Sea level rise in one of the major consequences of global warming, but it is much more difficult to model and predict than temperature. It involves the oceans and their interaction with the atmosphere,...

2008-03-05 13:30:29

Scientists recently developed a new modeling approach to estimate sea ice thickness. This is the only model based entirely on historical observations. The model was developed by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Using this new technique, the thickness of Arctic sea ice was estimated from 1982 to 2003. Results showed that average ice thickness and total ice volume fluctuated together during the early study period, peaking in the late 1980s...

2006-02-16 14:30:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Greenland's glaciers are dumping twice as much ice into the Atlantic Ocean now as five years ago because glaciers are moving and melting more quickly, researchers said on Thursday. This could mean oceans will rise even faster than forecast, and rising surface air temperatures appear to be to blame, the researchers report in Friday's issue of the journal Science. "This change, combined with increased melting, suggests that...

2005-11-16 18:20:00

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA -- Rising sea levels caused by global warming could shrink New Jersey by up to 3 percent in the next 100 years, U.S. scientists warned on Wednesday. The Princeton University researchers also projected that as much as 9 percent of the state's low-lying land could be hit by periodic coastal flooding in a trend that would devastate property, disrupt wildlife, erode beaches, and salinate drinking water in populated areas. "Sea level rise is a significant and growing...


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