New projections of the effects of melting Anarctic ice caps: sea waves above Washington D.C. The researchers project sea level variation will not be uniform around the globe. It will be much higher in North America and the Indian Ocean. And, they say, if the entire West Antarctic ice sheet disappears it could raise sea level more than fifteen feet in some areas. That melting ice sheet is largely above today's current sea levels. I recently blogged about the effects of rising ocean levels in Bangladesh, probably the most endangered mainland country along the Indian Ocean. I predict a boom in levee building the world over. Imagine how much the U.S. Corps of Engineers could spend trying to save Washington. At least as much as we've spent "saving" Citicorp I suspect.