IMO postdoc Frauke Albrecht traveled to New York, USA, to participate in the International WCRP/IOC Conference 2017: Regional Sea-Level Changes and Coastal Impacts.
This event took place from July 10-14 at Columbia University, where researchers from around the world presented their most recent research projects. Dr. Albrecht presented a poster of her research entitled "Anthropogenic Influence on Sea Level Change in the South Pacific and Associated Changes in the Subtropical Gyre Circulation in the 20th Century".
Regarding the content of her study, Dr. Albrecht said: "During the last two decades, a positive sea level trend has been observed in the western South Pacific, associated with changes in the South Pacific subtropical gyre. The purpose of my research was to discover whether this trend was caused by a natural variation or if there is anthropogenic influence."
The results of the project led by Frauke show that there is anthropogenic influence on sea level changes, but also that this tendency is caused by natural phenomena. Thus, the positive trend in the western South Pacific is a combination of both.