The rise in global sea level is likely to be faster and greater than previously thought, according to new research that says that recent predictions are inconsistent with historical data. This will result in earlier flood risks to coastal economies that are already struggling to adapt.

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Climate change scientist and co-author of the study, Aslak Grinstad, says, “The models used to base predictions of sea level rise on presently are not sensitive enough. To put it plainly, they don’t hit the mark when we compare them to the rate of sea level rise we see when comparing future scenarios with observations going back in time.”

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