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Sea Level Rise
Sea Level Rise Impacts on Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance, v1: Low Elevation Coastal Zon...sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu | 09 Dec 2013
The Sea Level Rise Impacts on Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance data set represents the results of an analysis using the boundaries for Ramsar sites designated under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and intersecting them with different elevation zones in the coastal zone to assess area and percent area that would become inundated under 1 and 2 meter sea level rise scenarios.
New Jersey Shore likely faces unprecedented flooding by mid-centuryEurekAlert | 05 Dec 2013
(Rutgers University) Geoscientists at Rutgers and Tufts universities estimate that the New Jersey shore will likely experience a sea-level rise of about 1.5 feet by 2050 and of about 3.5 feet by 2100 -- 11 to 15 inches higher than the average for sea-level rise globally over the century.
Humans threaten wetlands' ability to keep pace with sea-level riseEurekAlert | 04 Dec 2013
(Virginia Institute of Marine Science) Left to themselves, coastal wetlands can withstand rapid levels of sea-level rise. But humans could be sabotaging some of their best defenses, according to a Nature review paper published Thursday from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.
Experts say the IPCC underestimated future sea level riseGuardian Unlimited | 04 Dec 2013
It looks like past IPCC predictions of sea level rise were too conservative; things are worse than we thought. That is the takeaway message from a new study out in Quaternary Science Reviews and from updates to the IPCC report itself. The new study, which is also discussed in depth on RealClimate, tries to determine what our sea levels will be in the future.
Toby Manhire: Climate asylum claim sign of things to come (opinion)New Zealand Herald | 29 Nov 2013
The story from New Zealand that received the most international play this week must at first glance have looked like one of those eccentric yarns from down under: NZ rejects climate change refugee. Kooky. Certainly there is something eyecatching about the attempt by Kiribati national Ioane Teitiota to become the "world's first climate refugee".
Lakes discovered beneath Greenland ice sheetEurekAlert | 27 Nov 2013
(University of Cambridge) The study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, discovered two subglacial lakes 800 meters below the Greenland Ice Sheet. Subglacial lakes are likely to influence the flow of the ice sheet, impacting global sea level change. The discovery of the lakes in Greenland will also help researchers to understand how the ice will respond to changing environmental conditions.
Polar-melt map shows disaster for coastal NZNew Zealand Herald | 09 Nov 2013
Much of northern New Zealand, including Auckland, and parts of the South Island would be almost wiped out by rising sea levels if all the world's ice melted, according to new mapping by National Geographic magazine.
Coastal retreat plan to curb floodsBBC | 04 Nov 2013
The UK's largest ever coastal flood realignment sees a part of the West Sussex coast given back to the sea to increase protection.
'Climate change refugee' fights to stay in New ZealandGuardian Unlimited | 01 Oct 2013
A man from one of the lowest-lying nations on Earth is trying to convince New Zealand judges that he is a refugee - suffering not from persecution, but from climate change. The 37-year-old and his wife left their remote atoll in the Pacific nation of Kiribati six years ago for higher ground and better prospects in New Zealand, where their three children were born.
Future sea level rises should not restrict new island formation in the MaldivesEurekAlert | 27 Sep 2013
(University of Exeter) The continued accumulation of sand within the iconic ring-shaped reefs inside Maldivian atolls could provide a foundation for future island development new research suggests. Islands like the Maldives are considered likely to be the first to feel the effects of climate change induced sea level rise, with future island growth essential to counter the threat of rising sea levels.
Planning for our Ocean Future (blog)The Ocean Foundation | 17 Sep 2013
A version of this blog originally appeared on National Geographics Ocean Views site.Lucky me! I spent part of August in Lisbon, Portugal and part of it in coastal Maine—giving me a view from each side of the Atlantic. In Lisbon, I was working on new partnerships with the Future Ocean Alliance and the Luso-American Development Foundation.
Antarctic research details ice melt below massive glacierEurekAlert | 13 Sep 2013
(New York University) An expedition of international scientists to the far reaches of Antarctica's remote Pine Island Glacier has yielded exact measurements of an undersea process glaciologists have long called the "biggest source of uncertainty in global sea level projections."
Mission to understand huge glacierBBC | 09 Sep 2013
UK scientists are about to set out for Antarctica to investigate the huge Pine Island Glacier - the stream of ice that is now contributing more to sea level rise than any other on the planet.
Rising seas put islands' people under siegeNew Zealand Herald | 07 Sep 2013
Romeo Jorbon scratches a line in the dirt with his big toe."The last big tide came to here," the Marshall Islander says, marking a spot 10m back from the beach and behind a makeshift seawall.
Connie Hedegaard: Promoting a climate for changeNew Zealand Herald | 02 Sep 2013
The Pacific region is on the front line of climate change. Its low-lying islands risk being swamped by rising sea levels and their inhabitants forced to emigrate. In June, exceptionally high tides coupled with storm surges flooded parts of the Marshall Islands capital, Majuro. The rising waters topped the city sea walls. Some islanders were forced to evacuate their homes and a state of disaster was declared.