Sea Levels Could Rise Until 2300 Even In Best-Case Scenarios

Source: Phys.org/CORDIS

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Scientists have long warned of rising sea levels as a major consequence of human-driven climate change, and the effects can already be seen today. Higher temperatures generated by our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are increasing the volume of ocean waters and melting mountain glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets. Even more daunting, the full impact of our current emissions will only be felt centuries and even millennia from now.

Despite the number of studies predicting  rise in the coming centuries and beyond, none had examined how future sea levels would be affected if the 2015 Paris Agreement’s goals were met. This gap in scientific knowledge was tackled by an international team of researchers, one of whom received EU funding under the projects CD-LINKS and CRESCENDO. Their findings, published in ‘Europe PMC’, show how the Paris Agreement’s constraints will affect sea level rise until 2300.

In an effort to limit  to well below 2 °C, or – even better – 1.5 °C, above pre-industrial levels, the Paris Agreement calls for countries to peak GHG emissions as soon as possible.

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