Coastal Impact Underestimated From Rapid Sea Level Rise
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 91, Issue 23, pages 205–206, 8 June 2010
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2010), Coastal Impact Underestimated From Rapid Sea Level Rise, Eos Trans. AGU, 91(23), 205–206, doi:10.1029/2010EO230001., , , , and (
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
- sea-level change;
- bay flooding;
- barrier island
A primary effect of global warming is accelerated sea level rise, which will eventually drown low-lying coastal areas, including some of the world's most populated cities. Predictions from the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggest that sea level may rise by as much as 0.6 meter by 2100 [Solomon et al., 2007]. However, uncertainty remains about how projected melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets will contribute to sea level rise. Further, considerable variability is introduced to these calculations due to coastal subsidence, especially along the northern Gulf of Mexico (see http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/sltrends.shtml).