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Item #d97dec54

"Planning for Sea-Level Rise and Shore Protection under Climate Uncertainty," G. Yohe (Dept. Econ., Wesleyan Univ., Middletown CT 06459), J. Neumann, Clim. Change, 37(1), 243-270, Sep. 1997.

As large as the uncertainty over the future trajectory of greenhouse induced sea level rise may be, this review suggests that it can be accommodated by only small modifications in the current procedures, if the underlying policies of protection and/or systematic abandonment have long-term credibility.

Item #d97dec55

"Conserving Coastal Wetlands Despite Sea Level Rise," Working Group on Sea Level Rise and Wetland Systems, Eos, Trans. Amer. Geophys Union, 78(25), 257, 260-261, June 24, 1997.

Summarizes how ten years of research in the wetlands of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast of North America provide insight to guide conservation efforts in the face of natural or human-induced sea level rise.

Item #d97dec56

"Demographic Responses to Sea Level Rise in California," A. Constable (Dept. Sociol., Calif. Lutheran Univ., Thousand Oaks CA 91360), M.D. Van Arsdol et al., World Resource Review, 9(1), 32-45, Mar. 1997.

Describes populations potentially affected by sea level rise in California coastal counties over the period 1970 to 2040. Specifies sea level rise scenarios for Ventura County on the south coast, and outlines stakeholders who may support or oppose policies that expose populations to sea level rise.

Item #d97dec57

"Can Large-Scale Environmental Migrations be Predicted?" B.R. Döös (Global Environ. Mgmt., Jordangasse 7/13, A-1010 Wien, Austria), Global Environ. Change, 7(1), 41-61, Apr. 1997.

The increasing degradation of the global environment can be expected to lead to increasing numbers of environmental refugees during the next few decades. Emphasizes two particular problems, the declining availability of food per capita in the developing world, and migration from low lying coastal areas driven by rising sea level. For these problems there are compelling reasons to believe migrations can be predicted with sufficient reliability to motivate implementation of mitigation measures. So far, the more developed countries have demonstrated little interest and imagination in the possible occurrences and consequences of migrations, appearing to believe the problem can be solved simply by sharpening their immigration policies.

Item #d97dec58

"Sea Level," D.J. Reed (Louisiana Univ. Marine Consortium, 8124 Hwy. 56, Chauvin LA 70344), Progress in Phys. Geog., 20(4), 482-486, Dec. 1996.

The first of three annual reports on sea level, each with a different emphasis. This report focuses on assessments of the impact of sea level rise on contemporary geomorphic systems, and discusses some of the socioeconomic aspects of these impacts.

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