Sea level rise

Understanding behaviour of the Antarctic Ice Sheet allows us to better estimate the rate of sea level rise. Current global sea level is rising 3-4mm annually and is set to increase by the end of the century. This increases the likelihood of flooding in coastal areas, With 65% of New Zealanders living within 5km of the coast, changes in Antarctica directly affect where we build our houses and how we plan our cities. Developing countries are also at risk leading to migration and destruction of coastal communities. Our work to better understand parts of the Antarctica Ice Sheet seems remote, but melting polar ice is causing these changes all around the planet.

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