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Sea Level Rise

Title: Sea Level Rise.
Name(s): Mitchum, Gary, author
Dutton, Andrea, author
Chambers, Don P., author
Wdowinski, Shimon, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Book Part
Date Issued: 2017-11-29
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Sea level rise is naturally a topic of concern to many Floridians. Our intention in this chapter is to give the reader enough information on this topic to inform decisions about future adaptation strategies. We begin by reviewing how we measure sea level and the reasons that sea level can change. At the global level, the problem is relatively simple in that globally averaged sea level can only increase if water is added to the ocean or the ocean warms. The situation is more complicated at the local level, where variations can occur (e.g., due to changes in wind and ocean current patterns, and differences in vertical land motion rates). We present summaries of global sea level change over several time scales, ranging from the modern day to the geological records. Although we have confidence in estimates of the rate of global mean sea level change, determining from observations whether the rate is increasing, or accelerating, is more challenging. Over the next century, sea level change in Florida is expected to follow the global trend reasonably closely, but on shorter time scales and in different localities some variations are inevitable. We end with a discussion of the future sea level rise projections for Florida that should form the basis for efforts to plan adaptation strategies.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1515511935_d1ea45d2 (IID), 10.17125/fci2017.ch19 (DOI)
Keywords: Sea level, Climate change, Vertical land motion, Last Glacial Maximum, Ice melt, Ocean warming, Tide gauges, Satellite altimetry
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Is Part Of: Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts.

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Mitchum, G., Dutton, A., Chambers, D. P., & Wdowinski, S. (2017). Sea Level Rise. Florida's Climate: Changes, Variations, & Impacts. Retrieved from