The head of the European Environment Agency has warned that the impact of rising sea levels could be drastic and damaging to Britain's shorelines if more is not done now.
Scientists say melting glaciers could contribute to a sea levels rise of a metre by the end of the century.
The agency's executive director Jacqueline McGlade told ITV News if policy makers do not prepare now, "by waiting too long, you spend a lot more money to fix the problem."
ITV News Science Editor Lawrence McGinty will be filing reports on the changing Arctic for the rest of this week. Watch his second report on ITV News at 1.30pm today.
How do scientists survive -30 degrees temperatures at Barneo, the temporary camp set up on floating ice near the North Pole?
Arctic glaciers are melting faster than expected fuelling a rise in sea levels, which experts believe could cost the UK billions of pounds.
As new figures show the record cold weather is persisting into April, the Met Office says it will investigate if Arctic melting is to blame.