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Item #d94mar22

"Sea Level," C. Woodroffe (Dept. Geog., Univ. Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2500, Australia), Progress Phys. Geog., 17(3), 359-368, Sep. 1993.

A review examining trends in sea level over recent decades from tide gauges; predictions of future change and the responses of the coast; and Quaternary sea-level change. Recent analyses appear to be reducing the magnitude of any sea-level rise to be expected from global warming, although geographical variability is rarely incorporated into such estimates.

Item #d94mar23

"Coastal Erosion--An Escalating Environmental Threat," H. Hanson (Dept. Water Resour. Eng., Lund Univ., Box 118, S-22100 Lund, Swed.), G. Lindh, Ambio, 22(4), 188-195, June 1993.

Coastal zones are extremely important for the development of society, and negative impacts related to sea level change are expected to increase as a result of climate change. Planners and decision makers need a greater awareness of the instability of sandy beaches and the possible impact of human activities. We must improve our knowledge about nearshore processes and develop methods to quantitatively determine the behavior of beaches.

Item #d94mar24

"Global Sea Level Acceleration," B.C. Douglas (Natl. Oceanog. Data Ctr., NOAA, Washington DC 20235), J. Geophys. Res., 97(C8), 12,699-12,706, Aug. 15, 1992.

Analysis of tide gauge records since 1850 shows no evidence for an acceleration of sea level rise in the past 100+ years that is significant either statistically or in comparison to values associated with global warming. Further analysis shows that tide gauges alone cannot serve as a leading indicator of climate change in less than several decades.

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