Sea Level Rise, 75

History and Consequences

Edited By

  • Bruce Douglas, University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A.
  • Michael Kearney, University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A.
  • Stephen Leatherman, Florida International University, Miami, U.S.A.


Geologists, geophysicists, climatologists, oceanographers, meteorologists, environmental scientists, geomorphologists, coastal engineers, policy makers in all mentioned fields.


Book information

  • Published: September 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-221345-8


"...recommended reading for all researchers and students trying to understand the complexity of sea level change and its impacts."
--EOS, Transactions, AGU, Vol. 82, No. 34, 8/21/01

This is a welcome compilation of what is known about sea level, by the people who have done the definitive work."
--Walter Munk, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
"...a highly readable study of the subject which is likely to be quoted and referred to for quite some years."
--Rhodes W. Fairbridge, Columbia University
"This technical volume, by nine authors based in North America, reviews the history of sea level changes in the past 18,000 years, the methods by which those changes can be measured more or less precisely, the current difficulties of measuring any recent acceleration in the rates of sea level change and the consequences of rising sea levels. Each chapter is supported with several figures and tables and comprehensive bibliographies. The satisfactory index and the detailed table of contents makes it easy for the reader to go quickly to any matter of special importance. Readers of this book will know that when any predictions are made of future rises in sea level throughout the next century they should be subjected to two tests. First, do the assumptions on which the prediction is based, take account of all the complicating factors described in detail in this volume? Secondly, are those assumptions reasonable in the light of the known history of sea level changes in the last 5,000 years?"

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Sea LevelChapter 2: Late Holocene Sea Level VariationsChapter 3: Sea Level Changes in the Era of the RecordingChapter 4: Global Glacial Isostatic Adjustment and Modern Instrumental Records of Relative Sea Level HistoryChapter 5: Impoundment, Groundwater Mining, and Other Hydrologic Transformations: Impacts on Global Sea Level RiseChapter 6: Observations of Sea Level Change from Satellite AltimetryChapter 7: Decadal Variability of Sea LevelChapter 8: Social and Economic Costs of Sea Level Rise