Which cities face floods due to ice melt?

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Mangalore in Karnataka and Mumbai are at a high risk of encountering floods due to melting ice caps, a NASA report said.

Coastal cities around the world are at risk of severe flooding and even eventual eradication as ocean levels rise.

Earlier this month, a major climate report released by the Trump administration revealed that global average sea level has risen by about 7-8 inches since 1900, with nearly half of that rise coming in the last 25 years.

This implies, however the frosty nation is more than 3,000 miles from NY, water from Greenland will influence NY more than other beach front urban areas that it's nearer to including Boston, Mass., St John's, Newfoundland and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

"This tool is very useful to understand risk from specific glaciers, and to form a complete picture of how much risk the city is under", Larour said. By computing each of these factors into their calculations, researchers can analyze the vulnerability to flooding of different countries across the globe.

As per the demo, which was additionally distributed in the diary Science Advances, New York will be most influenced by the ice on the northeastern portion of Greenland.

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It suggests that in London sea-level rise could be significantly affected by changes in the north-western part of the Greenland ice sheet.

"Ice sheets are so heavy, that when they melt, the gravity field is modified, and the ocean is less attracted to the ice mass", Larour said.

In other parts of the world, London will be most affected by melting in northeastern Greenland and Sydney will be submerged by Antarctic ice that is actually farther away from Australia than the closer ice sheets.

Developed by researchers at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, the Gradient Fingerprint Mapping (GFM) system is capable of predicting how the melting of particular glaciers and ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica will directly affect particular coastal cities.

"This is the first time our method will enable planners and engineers to retrieve data about sea level in their area, and get updated numbers when new data about glacial melting becomes available", Surendra Adhikari, a co-author of the study, told Hindustan Times on Thursday.

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