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Review Article: Sea Level Rise: The Facts and the Future

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Title: Review Article: Sea Level Rise: The Facts and the Future
Authors: Wyrtki, Klaus
Issue Date: Jan 1990
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Wyrtki K. 1990. Review article: sea level rise: the facts and the future. Pac Sci 44(1): 1-16.
Abstract: Sea level records from the Pacific are analyzed to determine the
rate of long-term sea level rise and its relation to climate change. The trend is
largely dependent on vertical movements of the land on which the sea level
gauges are located and varies from place to place. Other obvious contributions to
sea level rise come from melting of glaciers, from global warming, and from sea
floor spreading. Present rate of sea level rise is about 1mm per year and is subject
to a large uncertainty. Assumptions about global warming in conjunction with
the greenhouse effect are critically reviewed to project possible rise of sea level in
the next 50 yr. It is concluded that effects of a doubling world population within
the next 40 yr will have much more disastrous consequences for our environment
than potential rise of sea level.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 44, Number 1, 1990

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