Arctic sea level decline
16 June 2006
Are global sea levels rising as the Arctic ice sheets melt? Not according to research presented this week by a Dutch-UK team of scientists, including Dr Seymour Laxon from NERC's Centre for Polar Observation Modelling at UCL.
Contradictory to the global trend of rising waters Arctic sea levels appear to be falling each year, an outcome that greatly puzzles the scientists.
Dr Laxon said that getting a clearer understanding of the Arctic Ocean behaviour was very important to the issue of ice-melt in the region. Finding the Arctic behaving differently to the rest of the world's oceans emphasises the need for more research in this area.
The research has been well documented on the BBC website.
Briefing note: 37/06
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