Q&A: The Finer Points of Rising Sea Levels
Rousbeh Legatis interviews MARY-ELENA CARR, associate director of the Columbia Climate Centre at the Earth Institute of Columbia University in New York NEW YORK, Nov 17, 2011 - Long before the Pacific will rise to a level that will leave its estimated 30,000 islands submerged, most of them might be severely affected by frequent flooding and storms.
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#1 Nov 17, 2011
Globally rising sea level is a consequence of a warmer planet, which is due to increased amounts of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs). Historically, developed nations are responsible for the current levels of GHGs in the atmosphere. However, rapidly developing nations are increasingly contributing to GHG emissions.
At a local level, land use choices can directly impact the relative height of ocean and land: groundwater extraction, destruction of coral reefs, construction choices, can all lead to local sea level rise.(Mary-Elena Carr, biological oceanographer at the Earth Institute in New York)
#2 Nov 17, 2011
The PRBO Sea-Level Rise Tool (An online decision support tool for managers, planners, conservation practitioners, and scientists) will help you:
View and query maps to understand how sea level rise may change the extent of tidal marsh habitat and bird species distribution over the next 100 years
Make informed decisions about adaptation planning, restoration potential, and land acquisition given various sea-level rise and sedimentation scenarios.
Identify areas both vulnerable and resilient to future sea-level rise.
P.S. San Francisco Bay Sea-Level Rise Website
#3 Nov 17, 2011
A case of 1.65 m for SF
You can vary other parameters for impact.
#4 Apr 19, 2012
I like tis.
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