The Rising Sea


Author: Orrin H. Pilkey,Rob Young

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1597266434

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 4413

On Shishmaref Island in Alaska, homes are being washed into the sea. In the South Pacific, small island nations face annihilation by encroaching waters. In coastal Louisiana, an area the size of a football field disappears every day. For these communities, sea level rise isn’t a distant, abstract fear: it’s happening now and it’s threatening their way of life. In The Rising Sea, Orrin H. Pilkey and Rob Young warn that many other coastal areas may be close behind. Prominent scientists predict that the oceans may rise by as much as seven feet in the next hundred years. That means coastal cities will be forced to construct dikes and seawalls or to move buildings, roads, pipelines, and railroads to avert inundation and destruction. The question is no longer whether climate change is causing the oceans to swell, but by how much and how quickly. Pilkey and Young deftly guide readers through the science, explaining the facts and debunking the claims of industry-sponsored “skeptics.” They also explore the consequences for fish, wildlife—and people. While rising seas are now inevitable, we are far from helpless. By making hard choices—including uprooting citizens, changing where and how we build, and developing a coordinated national response—we can save property, and ultimately lives. With unassailable research and practical insights, The Rising Sea is a critical first step in understanding the threat and keeping our heads above water.

The Rising Sea


Author: Clive Cussler,Graham Brown

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0735215545

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 560

Everywhere, waters are rising--and that's just the beginning of the world's peril unless the NUMA crew can beat the clock in this thrilling #1 New York Times-bestseller from the grand master of adventure. An alarming rise in the world's sea levels--much larger than could be accounted for by glacier melt--sends Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA scientific team rocketing around the globe in search of answers. What they find at the bottom of the East China Sea, however, is even worse than they imagined: a diabolical plan to upset the Pacific balance of power--and in the process displace as many as a billion people. A rare alloy unlike anything else on earth, a pair of five-hundred-year-old Japanese talismans, an assassin so violent even the Yakuza has disowned him, an audacious technological breakthrough that will become a very personal nightmare for Kurt Austin - from the shark-filled waters of Asia to the high-tech streets of Tokyo to a forbidden secret island, the NUMA team must risk everything to head off the coming catastrophe.

The Rising Seas

Shorelines Under Threat


Author: Ellen Foxxe

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781404207424

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 7957

Explores how human populations contribute to rising sea levels and suggests ways of coping with the changes that increasing sea levels may bring.

NOAH: LUMCON in the Rising Sea


Author: Jacob Thevenot

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781364177829


Page: N.A

View: 529

The tower of LUMCON protrudes from the flat, coastal landscape in a figure resembling a watchman standing guard in anticipation of the water's arrival. As the guardian of coastal Louisiana, it is the duty of LUMCON to stand tall in the rising water, a beacon for safety and hope in what seems a perilous and inevitable future of inundation. LUMCON's wings must embrace the landscape to create zones of protection so the building can operate as both a place of prospect and refuge. It must assume the role of the biblical ark, a floating archive of a world soon to be forgotten in the hopes that someday it might exist again. The goal of the project will be to alter LUMCON's building to become a shelter for not only its inhabitants, but a protective habitat for the other living organisms that surround it. In the water-filled future, LUMCON will stand as a repository for the vibrant coastal ecosystem - a vital resource for researchers and public awareness.

Retreat from a Rising Sea

Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change


Author: Orrin H. Pilkey,Linda Pilkey-Jarvis,Keith C. Pilkey

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231541805

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 2096

Melting ice sheets and warming oceans are causing the seas to rise. By the end of this century, hundreds of millions of people living at low elevations along coasts will be forced to retreat to higher and safer ground. Because of sea-level rise, major storms will inundate areas farther inland and will lay waste to critical infrastructure, such as water-treatment and energy facilities, creating vast, irreversible pollution by decimating landfills and toxic-waste sites. This big-picture, policy-oriented book explains in gripping terms what rising oceans will do to coastal cities and the drastic actions we must take now to remove vulnerable populations. The authors detail specific threats faced by Miami, New Orleans, New York, and Amsterdam. Aware of the overwhelming social, political, and economic challenges that would accompany effective action, they consider the burden to the taxpayer and the logistics of moving landmarks and infrastructure, including toxic-waste sites. They also show readers the alternative: thousands of environmental refugees, with no legitimate means to regain what they have lost. The authors conclude with effective approaches for addressing climate-change denialism and powerful arguments for reforming U.S. federal coastal management policies.

Rising Seas

Past, Present, Future


Author: Vivien Gornitz

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231519206

Category: Science

Page: 360

View: 3361

The Earth's climate is already warming due to increased concentrations of human-produced greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and the specter of rising sea level is one of global warming's most far-reaching threats. Sea level will keep rising long after greenhouse gas emissions have ceased, because of the delay in penetration of surface warming to the ocean depths and because of the slow dissipation of excess atmospheric carbon dioxide. Adopting a long perspective that interprets sea level changes both underway and expected in the near future, Vivien Gornitz completes a highly relevant and necessary study of an unprecedented age in Earth's history. Gornitz consults past climate archives to help better anticipate future developments and prepare for them more effectively. She focuses on several understudied historical events, including the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Anomaly, the Messinian salinity crisis, the rapid filling of the Black Sea (which may have inspired the story of Noah's flood), and the Storrega submarine slide, an incident possibly connected to a sea level occurrence roughly 8,000 years old. By examining dramatic variations in past sea level and climate, Gornitz concretizes the potential consequences of rapid, human-induced warming. She builds historical precedent for coastal hazards associated with a higher ocean level, such as increased damage from storm surge flooding, even if storm characteristics remain unchanged. Citing the examples of Rotterdam, London, New York City, and other forward-looking urban centers that are effectively preparing for higher sea level, Gornitz also delineates the difficult economic and political choices of curbing carbon emissions while underscoring, through past geological analysis, the urgent need to do so.

Rising Seas


Author: Martin Ince

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134044542

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 164

View: 470

Recent and dramatic flooding in places as far apart as Bangladesh and North Wales are example of what could become commonplace if sea levels rise. Most scientists are predicting a rise of about one metre and this book, based on research carried out for the Commonwealth governments, describes in simple terms what in. likely to happen as a result and where the worst effects will be. Martin Ince, a well-known scientific journalist, deals with the accuracy of our knowledge and the possible errors in assessment. He considers the different kinds of damage that higher seas could cause, inundation, increased salination, coral damage, increased flood and surge damage and so on. Brief case studies are included covering the UK, the Maldives, North America, Bangladesh, Guyana, Kiribati, The Netherlands, Italy, Egypt and Australasia. The book ends with an examination of the scientific and technical developments which could make the problems easier to deal with and, above all, set. out the policies on which governments must agree. Originally published in 1990

Island in a Storm

A Rising Sea, a Vanishing Coast, and a Nineteenth-Century Disaster That Warns of a Warmer World


Author: Abby Sallenger


ISBN: 1458759318

Category: Hurricanes

Page: 420

View: 8523

Presents the story of the 1856 hurricane which decimated Isle Derniere, an island one hundred miles off the coast of New Orleans which served as a summer resort for the wealthy, and the tragic loss of life and environmental devastation which resulted from the disaster.

Submerging Coasts

The Effects of a Rising Sea Level on Coastal Environments


Author: Eric C. F. Bird

Publisher: John Wiley & Son Limited

ISBN: 9780471938071

Category: Science

Page: 184

View: 5268

Submerging Coasts The Effects of a Rising Sea Level on Coastal Environments Eric C. F. Bird Geostudies (UK), Sevenoaks, Kent, England Submerging Coasts deals with the changes that take place on coastal landforms during a rising sea level and the responses to these changes by people living in coastal areas. Evidence from subsiding coasts (where a relative rise of sea level is already occurring), from theoretical models, and from geological evidence of changes during marine transgressions is assembled to indicate the kinds of change that will occur globally as a result of climatic warming and sea level rise due to the enhanced greenhouse effect. Examination of actual and potential human responses to these changes provides a background for coastal planners, developers, conservationists and managers, and for all concerned with the prospect of submerging coasts into the 21 st century.