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Sea level rise and assessment of the state of the marine environment

Sea level rise and assessment of the state of the marine environment

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Uploaded 16 Feb 2012 by GRID-Arendal
Year: 2009
From collection: Vital Water Graphics 2
Author: Philippe Rekacewicz
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A significant sea level rise is one of the major anticipated consequences of climate change. This will cause some low-lying coastal areas to become completely submerged, while others will increasingly face short-lived high-water levels. These anticipated changes could have a major impact on the lives of coastal populations. The small island developing states (SIDS) will be especially vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise, and to changes in marine ecosystems, because of their major dependence on marine resources (UNEP, 2002). The extent of future sea level rise will depend on a multitude of factors, and is therefore extremely difficult to predict. While rising sea levels will be exacerbated by thermal expansion of the warming oceans, and the melting of land ice, they will be partially offset by increased precipitation over Antarctica (Met Office UK, 2001) Feasibility of a Global Marine Assessment Human activities and climate change is affecting the state of marine environme ...
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