HOBART, Australia, May 11 (UPI) -- The rate of global sea level rise is increasing, according to a new study.
Scientists analyzed sea level data between 1993 and 2014. They found a previous model that had shown a slow in sea level rise in the past decade had actually improperly calculated the rate for the decade before it, and once the data was adjusted, it showed the rate was increasing.
"This information is vital as communities around the world plan and respond to our changing climate," said Christopher Watson of the University of Tasmania.
They found that overall the rate of sea level rise across the globe has increased since 1993, compared to the decades before then. The main cause of the sea level rise is melting ice in the Arctic and West Antarctica.
"Rising sea levels will place increasing stress on the coastal zone – inundation events will become more frequent, and adaptation will need to occur," Watson said.
The study was published in Nature.