Climate and Sea Level Change: Observations, Projections and Implications

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-06-25
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Abbreviations list
Climate and sea level change: a synthesis
Mean sea level changes in the recent past
Recent global sea levels and land levels
Improving sea level data
Global absolute sea level: the Hawaiian and US Atlantic coast-Bermuda regional networks
Long-term changes in eustatic sea level
Future changes in global mean temperature and sea level
Possible future contributions to sea level change from small glaciers
Possible changes in the mass balance of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and their effects on sea level
The Antarctic Peninsula contribution to future sea level rise
Model projections of CO2-induced equilibrium climate change
Observational data on the relationships between climatic change and the frequency and magnitude of severe tropical storms
Impacts and Case Studies
Geographic information systems and future sea level rise
The storm surge problem and possible effects of sea level changes on coastal flooding in the Bay of Bengal
Geographical complexities of detailed impact assessment for the Ganges-Brahmaputra Meghna delta of Bangladesh
Possible impacts of, and adjustments to, sea level rise
the cases of Bangladesh and Egypt
Impacts of sea level rise on coastal systems with special emphasis son the Mississippi River deltaic plain
Sea level rise: assessing the problems
Adjustment to greenhouse gas induced sea level rise on the Norfolk coast - a case study
What will happen to The Netherlands if sea level rise accelerates?
The vulnerability of the east coast of South America to sea level rise and possible adjustment strategies
Future sea level rise in Hong Kong and possible environmental effects
Summaries and Recommendations
Sea level changes
Severe tropical storms and storm surges
Regional effects of sea level rise
Annex: Global mean temperature and sea level projections under the 1992 IPCC emissions scenarios
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