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Rising Sea Levels: An Introduction to Cause and Impact [Paperback]

by Hunt Janin, Scott A. Mandia
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October 11, 2012 0786459565 978-0786459568
The fundamental point of this book is that, in the past, the world's political, economic, military and social development took place during a time of relatively stable sea level. That time, however, is now over: The world must begin to cope with rising seas. This book is a wide-ranging introductory survey. It addresses global warming, the hydrologic cycle, why we should care about the rise of the oceans, storm surges and other extreme events, the changing seas and their shorelines, cities and countries of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian ocean basins, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the Greenland Ice Sheet, case studies on how the Netherlands and the U.S. plan to cope with sea level rise, the likely impacts of this rise, getting to know the experts on sea level rise, and very long term prospects for the world's shorelines.

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Editorial Reviews


"If you're looking for a comprehensive discussion of one of the most pressing issues on the planet...the threat of global sea level rise...then this is the book for you." --Michael E. Mann, Penn State University, Nobel Peace Prize winner

"Janin and Mandia are to be commended for their impressive writing skills, intelligent presentations, and unusually intensive information-gathering efforts...valuable...highly recommended." --Choice

"Excellent new book...well-referenced and scientifically accurate." --Skeptical Science

About the Author

Hunt Janin is an American writer living in southwestern France. He has written numerous nonfiction and scholarly books on a range of subjects, including medieval history and cross-cultural studies.

Scott Mandia is a professor of physical sciences at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island, New York. He has authored numerous weather and climate-related publications both in print and online.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (October 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786459565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786459568
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased "Rising Sea Levels" (Kindle edition) just before Sandy struck NYC and the surrounding area.

It was like the chapters of the book were playing out live on CNN as I was reading it. A few examples:

*Chapter 1: Global Warming, and why it makes storms like Sandy worse
*Chapter 2: The Hydrological Cycle and why a warmer atmosphere holds more water, and storms like Sandy, and Irene from a year earlier, dumps more rain (kind of like a bigger sponge holds more water than a smaller sponge.)
*Chapter 3: Why higher sea levels, a result of melting ice around the globe and thermal expansion of warmer waters, makes storm surges and wave damage much worse
*Chapter 4: The cause and consequences of storm surges as the NYC subways and financial districts went under water.

Additional chapters go on to explain that continued sea level rise is inevitable, and that seas will rise at increasing rates. There are also chapters about what we can do to limit the damage and to prepare for the rising seas to come.

I used to think sea level rise was some distant problem - one that would be resolved by future generations through science, technology and leadership.

This book, as well as Sandy, Irene, Katrina and similar recent events around the world, has made me realize that dealing with Rising Sea Levels is our problem - one that we must get to work on now.

We have a moral obligation to our children, and to citizens of the world, to limit harm as much as we can, while preparing for the worst.

Developing an effective action plan requires an understanding of the issue. Reading "Rising Sea Levels" is a great start to gaining that understanding of what will be one of humankinds greatest challeges.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you own property near the ocean, read this book November 14, 2012
I found this to be a very good book surveying the current and possible future impacts of world-wide sea level rise resulting from the presently accelerating warming of the earth and resultant melting of the two great ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland. The book is written for a popular audience and gives just a brief overview of the global warming phenomenon. This is fine since dozens of books have been written about global warming causes and effects. As the title tells you this book is really the first to go into for the popular audience the expected problems that sea level rise is now causing, and will cause, in coastal areas around the globe. The Dutch, "who made Holland" as they say, have spent hundreds of $ billions already and are spending more. The U.S. has spent essentially nothing preparing. Instead the U.S. is and will spend hundreds of $ billions repairing, rather than preparing. A strange irony is the book's publication date just missed "Sandy" by a couple of months. The book does describe what a storm like Sandy might do to the NYC Area, and voilà it happens.
I am a scientist very interested in global warming so I buy all these books, but I think a specially important readership for this book are those with very valuable ocean area property who don't realize that it is soon to become worthless. This is an audience thousands of times the size of those few of us interested in global warming.
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