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Meeting the looming policy challenge of sea-level change and human migration

Minimizing the adverse consequences of sea-level change presents a key societal challenge. New modelling is necessary to examine the implications of global policy decisions that determine future greenhouse gas emissions and local policies around coastal risk that influence where and how we live.

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Fig. 1: Migration under sea-level change and policy scenarios.


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This work was supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) under funding received from the US National Science Foundation DBI-1639145.

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All authors were involved in the conceptualization of this paper. D.J.W., V.M., P.U.C., M.O., M.H., B.J., S.K., E.G., H.A., A.B. and R.K. were responsible for original drafting and preparation. K.A., M.C., J.C., A.deS., E.F., C.H., B.J., N.M., E.M., A.S. and K.W. reviewed and substantively edited content. D.J.W. and M.H. prepared figures. D.J.W., V.M. and P.U.C. supervised manuscript preparation. All authors were substantively involved in the acquisition of funding.

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Wrathall, D.J., Mueller, V., Clark, P.U. et al. Meeting the looming policy challenge of sea-level change and human migration. Nat. Clim. Chang. 9, 898–901 (2019).

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