Climate and Sea Level Change: Observations, Projections, and Implications

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R. A. Warrick, E. M. Barrow, T. M. L. Wigley
Cambridge University Press, 1993 - Science - 424 pages
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Through the writings of the world's leading experts in their fields, this book, first published in 1993, presents the general state of knowledge regarding the effects of climatic change on sea level and their associated impacts. The evidence for past sea level changes and their possible climatic causes on both geological and secular time-scales are reviewed, as are methods for improving observations of sea level changes. These observations examine greenhouse gas concentrations as well as oceanic thermal expansion on Greenland and Antarctic glaciers and ice sheets. Projections of global mean temperature and sea level rise over the next century are made, emphasising the uncertainties involved. A particular area of study is the low-lying coastal regions and the possible effects of severe tropical storms and storm surges. Case studies of the Ganges-Brahmaputra and Mississippi deltas, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and the Norfolk coast of the UK, among others document the regional and local scale where issues relating to sea level, physical environment and socio-economic effects are paramount.
  

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Contents

DATA
6
Improving sea level data
57
the Hawaiian and US Atlantic coastBermuda
72
Long term changes in eustatic sea level
81
Future changes in global mean temperature and sea level
111
Possible future contributions to sea level change from small glaciers
134
Possible changes in the mass balance of the Greenland and Antarctic ice
144
Model projections of CO2induced equilibrium climate change
169
Geographical complexities of detailed impact assessment for the Ganges
246
the cases of
263
Impacts of sea level rise on coastal systems with special emphasis on the
276
assessing the problems
297
Adjustment to greenhouse gas induced sea level rise on the Norfolk Coast
310
The vulnerability of the east coast of South America to sea level rise and
336
Future sea level rise in Hong Kong and possible environmental effects
349
SUMMARIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS
377

Observational data on the relationships between climatic change and the
192
Geographic information systems and future sea level rise
215
The storm surge problem and possible effects of sea level changes on
229
Severe tropical storms and storm surges
392
Index
405
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