Greenhouse Effect, Sea Level and Drought

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R. Paepe, Rhodes W. Fairbridge, Saskia Jelgersma
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - Science - 744 pages
Shortly after the creation of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University Brussels) in 1970, currently labelled as VUB, a Department of Quaternary Geology was installed within the Faculty of Science in 1974. At the beginning it dealt mainly with the study of periglacial loess deposits of the Pleistocene Glacial Period in Central Belgium and with coastal deposits in relation to sea level rise during the warm Holocene period covering the last 10,000 years, in which the dawn of civilization took place step by step. Today the same research teams widen their scope of interest: they are presently studying the loess plateau in the People's Republic of China and the world-wide problems associated with sea level rise, coastal erosion being one of the most devastating natural hazards. More and more emphasis is put on problems concerning environmental engineering and those dealing with global change. Since 1975 UNESCO sponsored a number of symposia of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA), whose secretariat was located on the VUB Campus grounds from 1973 to 1982. In 1981 the Applied Geology Department ofthe Faculty of Applied Sciences was created. The NATO-Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) , organized in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands, Spain) in March 1989 was a climax of this series of Global Change gatherings. As Rector of the VUB, I am satisfied that the VUB, through its Earth Technology Institute, of both USA and Belgium could cooperate with NATO and the National Science Foundations in cosponsoring such an initiative.
 

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Contents

THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT STRATOSPHERIC OZONE MARINE PRODUCTIVITY
3
EFFECTS OF WEST AFRICAN AIR HUMIDITY ON ATLANTIC
21
HISTORICAL
41
ATMOSPHERIC OCEANIC AND CLIMATIC RESPONSE TO GREENHOUSE
75
ICE SHEETS AND SEA LEVEL CHANGE AS A RESPONSE TO CLIMATIC CHANGE
85
CAN WE TRUST THE MODELS2
109
SEA LEVEL 117
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NONEUSTATIC SEA LEVEL CHANGES FROM MEDITERRANEAN TIDE GAGES
145
PRACTICAL PROBLEMS FOR COASTAL SUBMERGENCE IN THE LIGHT
383
VULNERABILITY OF COASTAL LOWLANDS A CASE STUDY OF LAND SUB
415
EVOLUTION OF BARRIER ISLANDLAGOON SYSTEMS FROM 200 KA AGO
439
AUSTRALIAS HYDROLOGICAL STORAGE AND RISING SEA LEVEL HAZARD
447
POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF MAN ON THE CARBON CYCLE IN THE PAST AND
459
ESTIMATION OF NATURAL AND MANINDUCED GROUNDWATER RECHARGE
485
DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF FOSSIL GROUNDWATER RESOURCES
494
STUDY OF THE CHAD BASIN WATER SUPPLY BY CATCHMENT CARRIED
523

INFLUENCE OF GLOBAL CLIMATIC PROCESSES ON THE HYDROSPHERE
164
GLOBAL MANAGEMENT
183
EXTRATERRESTRIAL IMPACTS VOLCANOES CLIMATE AND SEA LEVEL
199
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN RESEARCH ON THE LOESS IN CHINA
217
NATURAL PROTECTION AND VOLUNTARY EXTENSION OF THE TROPICAL
241
NATURAL ARIDIFICATION OR MANMADE DESERTIFICATION? A QUESTION
281
POPULATION LANDUSE AND VEGETATION IN
301
AN INDICATION OF AN ABRUPT CLIMATIC CHANGE AS SEEN FROM
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GROUNDWATER RECHARGE AND STORAGE BY DAMMING A SMALL
541
SEA LEVEL RISE AND ARTIFICIAL GROUNDWATER RECHARGE A STUDY
552
19651988
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SALINE GROUNDWATER IN THE CANARY ISLANDS SPAIN RESULTING
593
GEOLOGICAL RESOURCES FOR CONSTRUCTION WITH LOW ENERGY
621
POSSIBLE ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS AND A CASE STUDY 637
636
MEETING REPORT 691
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Professor Rhodes W. Fairbridge is emeritus Professor of Geology at Columbia University and is now visiting scientist at the Goddard Institute of Space Studies (NASA, NY). He has edited more that two dozen encyclopedias and authored more than three-hundred scientific publications.

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