Sea Levels, Land Levels, and Tide Gauges

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Changes in sea level caused by global warming can be disastrous to modern civilization. Therefore, it is important to use accurate and reliable methods to monitor any change. During this century, and, in particular, the last three decades, tide-gauge records have been used to show these changes related to the world's oceans. Aubrey and Emery suggest, however, that tidal gauges should not be used unquestioningly as a benchmark for measuring eustatic sea-level changes. Tectonism, subsidence, ocean current ...

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Overview

Changes in sea level caused by global warming can be disastrous to modern civilization. Therefore, it is important to use accurate and reliable methods to monitor any change. During this century, and, in particular, the last three decades, tide-gauge records have been used to show these changes related to the world's oceans. Aubrey and Emery suggest, however, that tidal gauges should not be used unquestioningly as a benchmark for measuring eustatic sea-level changes. Tectonism, subsidence, ocean current variability, and human activity can, and do, affect the accuracy of these records. Understanding the reasons for changes in land and sea levels is essential for the proper development of coastal regions. The results of this study provide guiding data for scientific, engineering, and policy solutions to coastal flooding. Determining the true causes of relative subsidence, and how to use geological and oceanological controls, will allow us to exist within our natural environment, rather than force nature to conform to our legal and temporary 'remedies.'

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During this century, tide-gauge records have been used extensively to monitor the gradual rise of sea level due to Holocene climate warming, and more recently, the acceleration caused by industrialization. However, just as many stations report the sea falling as report it rising. Two scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute explain how the rise and fall of land, changing ocean currents, and human activity can distort the readings. They present data for engineers, scientists, and policy-makers to more accurately assess the situation, and suggest how to work with nature cycles rather than build or legislate against them. Highly illustrated with maps and charts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780387974491
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Pages: 237

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