Rising Sea Levels: An Introduction to Cause and Impact

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McFarland, Oct 9, 2012 - Political Science - 219 pages
The fundamental point of this book is that, in the past, the world’s political, economic, military and social development took 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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This book is a great introduction to a problem that will affect millions of people in the coming century. It is not an overly technical explanation, so that makes it an inviting read for all people ... Read full review

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Whether rising sea levels can be attributed to long term patterns of climate change due to the dynamics of the earth or human impact, it is happening at a rapid rate. This book addresses probable ... Read full review

Contents

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
XI The Greenland Ice Sheet
106
XII A Range of Options to Cope with Sea Level Rise
110
XIII Impacts of Sea Level Rise
119
XIV Getting to Know the Experts
133
XV Very Long Term Prospects for the Worlds Shorelines
149
Looking Ahead
158
Appendices
163
Notes
171

VII Cities and Countries of the Atlantic Ocean Basin
60
VIII Cities and Countries of the Paci fic Ocean Basin
78
IX Cities and Countries of the Indian Ocean Basin
91
X The West Antarctic Ice Sheet
100
Bibliography
183
Index
205
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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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