Marshall Islands: the next sea level rise loss?

The Marshall islands are low elevation islands.  The maximum elevation is 10 meters.  Recent flooding by high (king) tides brings on the next sea level rise warnings.Estimates of sea level rise are 28-98 cm over the next century.  This could be the end of the Marshall Islands.  The lower end is consistent with estimates based on historical rates.  However, this is another sea level rise tale.  Usually the climate change scares seem to ramp up prior to some event like a COP boondoggle.  I don’t recall what’s coming up.

http://www.centredaily.com/2014/03/08/4073696/column-losing-the-marshall-islands.html

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3 responses to “Marshall Islands: the next sea level rise loss?

  1. Even the current rate of sea-level rise averages out to ~3.2mm/yr, or about 27cm by the year 2100. I don’t have the time or patience right now to calculate how much all of the West Antarctic + Greenland ice sheets would add if they were melted entirely, but I’m eye-balling that at less than mid-range of their projection.

    Climate (or any other) prediction-by-straight-edge is bad enough. Climate projection-by-French curve is just ridiculous.

  2. Given nearly a hundred years, you’d think they could add a few feet of dirt to where they need it by then.

  3. I wondered if any islands had actually been effected by sea level rise and came across this.

    “For the first time the rising ocean levels have washed away an inhabited island. Lohachara island was at one point home to some 10,000 people. It, along with several other spits of land near the Indian mainland, is now permanently underwater

    Then I read the comments,

    “You get a clue at the intent of the piece when, in the first paragraph, you find out that the islands are part of a river delta. Well, you kind of find out. But nowhere does the piece just come out and say that river deltas are always changing shape, i.e. some parts wash away and other parts build up”

    Thank goodness for the internet and sites like this that can squash these kind of stories.

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