Changing Antarctic Winds Contribute to Rising Global Sea Levels

July 7, 2014 4:49 PM

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Changing winds around the Antarctic may be contributing to rising global sea levels. Researchers from Australian National University and the University of New South Wales originally linked these winds to southern Australia's drying climate. However, they now believe that it may also be contributing to rising ocean temperatures.

"When we included projected Antarctic wind shifts in a detailed global ocean model, we found water up to 4°C warmer than current temperatures rose up to meet the base of the Antarctic ice shelves," said lead author Dr Paul Spence from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS),...

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