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Funding to study sea level rises

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Data from the past will help predict more accurate future rises

Researchers at a Devon university are to study the rise in sea levels over the past 500 years.

The University of Plymouth's School of Geography has been awarded grants and funding of about 400,000 for the project, which will take three years.

The information on historic changes will be used to help make future sea level rise predictions more accurate.

Sites studied will include the US, Canada, Iceland, France, Portugal, Germany, New Zealand and the UK.

The team from Plymouth will be working with scientists at Durham University and the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory in Liverpool.

The funding, from the Natural Environment Research Council and Marie Curie Actions ,will also pay for an academic from the University of the Basque Country, in Spain, who will spend three years working with academics in Plymouth and New Zealand on the project.

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