1.Greenland’s ice loss causes local sea level to go down 2.Far side areas, like the Marshall Islands, see a bigger than average rise

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Melting ice sheets are a major cause of sea level rise, but they might not work in the way you expect

Global average sea level is currently rising at a rate of about 3mm per year.

This is primarily caused by ocean warming and the melting of ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica. The melting of this land-based ice in particular is gathering pace.

As these vast, frozen lands melt and flow into the sea, certain parts of the world will face an increased risk of flooding.

But the science behind how they affect sea level is complex. More