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Rising Sea Levels: An Introduction to Cause and Impact

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The fundamental point of this book is that, in the past, the world's political, economic, military and social development look place during a time of relatively stable sea level. That time, however, is now over: The world must begin to cope with rising seas.

This book is a wide-ranging introductory survey. It addresses global warming, the hydrologic cycle, why we should care about the rise of the oceans, storm surges and other extreme events, the changing seas and their ...

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Overview

The fundamental point of this book is that, in the past, the world's political, economic, military and social development look place during a time of relatively stable sea level. That time, however, is now over: The world must begin to cope with rising seas.

This book is a wide-ranging introductory survey. It addresses global warming, the hydrologic cycle, why we should care about the rise of the oceans, storm surges and other extreme events, the changing seas and their shorelines, cities and countries of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian ocean basins, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the Greenland Ice Sheet, case studies on how the Netherlands and the U.S. plan to cope with sea level rise, the likely impacts of this rise, getting to know the experts on sea level rise, and very long term prospects for the world's shorelines.

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Michael E. Mann
"If you're looking for a comprehensive discussion of one of the most pressing issues on the planet...the threat of global sea level rise...then this is the book for you." (Michael E. Mann, Penn State University, Nobel Peace Prize winner.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786459568
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/11/2012
  • Pages: 219
  • Sales rank: 308,521
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hunt Janin is an American writer living in southwestern France. He has written numerous nonfiction and scholarly books on a range of subjects, including medieval history and cross-cultural studies. Scott Mandia is a professor of physical sciences at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island, New York. He has authored numerous weather and climate-related publications both in print and online.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Introduction 3

I A Short Primer on Global Warming 9

II The World Ocean and the Hydrologic Cycle 20

III Why Should We Care About the Rise of the Oceans? 24

IV Storm Surges and Other Extreme Events 39

V The Changing Seas 48

VI At the Edges of the Sea 53

VII Cities and Countries of the Atlantic Ocean Basin 60

VIII Cities and Countries of the Pacific Ocean Basin 78

IX Cities and Countries of the Indian Ocean Basin 91

X The West Antarctic Ice Sheet 100

XI The Greenland Ice Sheet 106

XII A Range of Options to Cope with Sea Level Rise Two Case Studies - the Netherlands and the United States 110

XIII Impacts of Sea Level Rise 119

XIV Getting to Know the Experts 133

XV Very Long Term Prospects for the World's Shorelines 149

XVI Conclusions: Looking Ahead 158

Appendices

1 Climate Change Conferences: The 2009 Copenhagen, the 2010 Cancun and the 2011 Durban 163

2 The Impact on Ports of a 3.2 Foot (1 Meter) Sea Level Rise 164

3 Extreme Event Analysis 165

4 Sea Level Rise and Breakwater Damage 166

5 Possible Dutch Responses to a Sea Level Rise of 16.4 Feet (5 Meters) 167

6 Using a Bayesian Network to Predict Coastal Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise 168

Chapter Notes 171

Bibliography 183

Index 205

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