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By Chad J. McGuire

ISBN-10: 1466559802

ISBN-13: 9781466559806

Complete, yet now not overly technical, this e-book presents a legal-policy framework to the dialogue of ways coastal managers can most sensible strategy the matter of sea point upward thrust. It identifies felony boundaries and provides proposed strategies to mitigate the influence of these boundaries. The ebook introduces the problem, delves into the technology at the back of sea point upward thrust, discusses coverage complexities and techniques, via an outline of comparable legalities, then, bringing all of it jointly, the writer applies the rules provided within the publication, concluding with suggestions and ideas and a point of view at the destiny.

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These island nations are currently experiencing sea level rise and associated impacts of the kind that is threatening the continued existence of their physical landmass (Barnett and Campbell 2010). These island nations, as well as many other nations defined as SIDS, contain characteristics that add to the vulnerability from sea level rise: They have a small size (limited natural resource base, high competition between land use, intensity of land use, immediacy of interdependence in human–environment systems, spatial concentrations of productive assets); they are insular and remote (including geopolitical weakness); they have similar environmental factors (small exposed interiors with large coastal zones); they contain demographic factors that increase vulnerability to sea level rise (limited human resource base, small population, population concentrated within coastal zone; they have single economy characteristics such as tourism); and the economic factors of these countries tend to increase overall vulnerability (small economies, small domestic market, dependence on natural resources, highly specialized production) (Pelling and Uitto 2001).

Data from William H. Schlesinger, Biochemistry: An Analysis of Global Change, 2nd ed. (San Diego, CA: Academic Press (1997). of carbon on the Earth is essentially constant (Schlesinger 1997). Moreover, in the well-mixed Earth system, carbon concentrations are at equilibrium, meaning the amount of carbon within any component of the system is relatively stable and at a certain concentration that will be the same even when measured at different times. This idea of well-mixed concentrations is readily observed in the atmosphere with oxygen; the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere is around 21 percent and it remains relatively constant over time even though the oxygen itself is constantly being removed and added to the atmosphere (Schlesinger 1997).

2009). The take-home message here is that the extent of sea level rise is very much dependent on specific variables; some sea level rise is essentially guaranteed, but the physical extent of sea level rise is an open question, and the relative impacts on certain regions of the Earth can be disproportionately impacted by specific high-impact events. One interesting point in thinking about the future extent of sea level rise is the substantial uncertainty in the current projections. While there is little to no uncertainty that some sea level rise will occur in the future, there is uncertainty about the extent of that rise.

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