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Melting glaciers have caused 11cm rise in sea level

Austrian scientists say melting glaciers have been the single greatest cause of rising sea level over the past century.

The University of Innsbruck says that between 1902 and 2007, glaciers contributed 11 centimeters (4.33 inches) to a total sea level rise of about 20 centimeters (nearly 8 inches).

They also said Wednesday that by 2100, melting glaciers could raise sea levels by another 22 centimeters.

Sea water also expands as it warms, further melting ice sheets.

The scientists say glacier melts were tracked by numerically modeling each of the world's roughly 300,000 glaciers and then performing thousands of on-site measurements to validate the model results.

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