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The veiled ecological danger of rising sea levels

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As sea levels rise, human displacement and subsequent land-use change may be as ecologically significant as the direct impacts of climate change. New work suggesting that mean sea level will rise further and faster than previously thought calls attention to the importance of these indirect processes for ecology and conservation.

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We thank G. Ayers, M. McGeoch and C. White for comments on a previous version of the manuscript. This work was supported by The Wellcome Trust (grant 201791/Z/16/Z).

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    • Steven L. Chown
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S.L.C. developed the initial idea, G.A.D. carried out the modelling, both authors contributed to further development, and drafting of the text.

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