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Volume 7, issue 1
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 203–210, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-203-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 203–210, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-203-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 10 Mar 2016

Research article | 10 Mar 2016

Delaying future sea-level rise by storing water in Antarctica

K. Frieler et al.
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Sea level will continue to rise for centuries. We investigate the option of delaying sea-level rise by pumping ocean water onto Antarctica. Due to wave propagation ice is discharged much faster back into the ocean than expected from pure advection. A millennium-scale storage of > 80 % of the additional ice requires a distance of > 700 km from the coastline. The pumping energy required to elevate ocean water to mitigate a sea-level rise of 3 mm yr−1 exceeds 7 % of current global primary energy supply.
Sea level will continue to rise for centuries. We investigate the option of delaying sea-level...
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