Sea Level Rise: History and Consequences

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Bruce Douglas, Michael S. Kearney, Stephen P. Leatherman
Elsevier, Oct 5, 2000 - Science - 232 pages
Sea Level Rise, History and Consequences includes a special emphasis on the evidence for historical sea level change; case studies are used to demonstrate the resulting consequences. A CD-ROM is included which contain tide gauge data and trends of relative sea level from the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level. The material on the CD-ROM is either in the form of text files, or web sites that can be opened by widely available web-browsers.

Sea level is expected to rise as much as 60-100 centimeters over the next century due to greenhouse-induced global warming -- or at least that is what the some scientists predict. However, the concept of sea level is extremely complex, which makes the prediction of sea level rise anything but certain. The reviewers are in consensus in enthusiastically endorsing this comprehensive book and CD-ROM treatment.

This book will be a comprehensive review of the subject using the data themselves (on CD-ROM) to illustrate the principles involved, rather than detailed mathematical treatments. The book should be readily accessible to upper division and first-year graduate students in the environmental sciences, geography, geology, and other interdisciplinary fields. Four pages (up to 16 pages) of color in the printed text.

The book will have wide appeal. It will be read by geologists, geophysicists, climatologists, oceanographers, meteorologists, environmental scientists, geomorphologists, coastal engineers, and policy makers in all of these fields.

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Chapter 1 An Introduction to Sea Level
Chapter 2 Late Holocene Sea Level Variations
Chapter 3 Sea Level Change in the Era of the Recording Tide Gauge
Chapter 4 Global Glacial Isostatic Adjustment and Modern Instrumental Records of Relative Sea Level History
Impacts on Global Sea Level Rise
Chapter 6 Observations of Sea Level Change from Satellite Altimetry
Chapter 7 Decadal Variability of Sea Level
Chapter 8 Social and Economic Costs of Sea Level Rise
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