The collective effects of changes in Earth’s orbit are known as the Milankovitch cycles, named after Serbian scientist Milutin Milankovitch.
According to the US space agency NASA, the cycles can influence Earth’s climate over “very long timespans, of tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of years.
But the sea-level rise has been accelerating in recent decades and scientists believe the influence of human activities on the climate is to blame.
Modern climate change is attributed to the mass release of greenhouses gases, kick-started by the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century.
The Rutgers study reconstructed the history of Earth’s sea levels and glaciation since the end of the dinosaur era some 66 million years ago.
The study also found in an ice-free world, sea-levels could rise by 216ft (66m).