A new paper by Assoc Prof Andrew Parnell in the School of Mathematics and Statistics entitled 'Regional and global sea-surface temperatures during the last interglaciation’ has been published in the world-renowned journal Science. The paper contains a temperature reconstruction from a large set of oceanographic cores. The temperature estimates from 120,000 years ago are indistinguishable from those which we observe today. This is a sobering thought, because sea levels during this period were 6 to 9 higher than present levels. It suggests that anthropogenic global warming has already committed us to a large sea level rise.
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