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FROM VOLUME 1, NUMBER 6, DECEMBER 1988
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SEA LEVEL CHANGE--CAUSES AND IMPACTS
Sea-Level Changes, M.J. Tooley, I. Shennan, eds., 397 pp., 1987.
Basil Blackwell (432 Pk. Ave. S, S-1503, New York NY 10016; 108 Crowley Rd.
Oxford, OX4 1JF, UK); $75. Reviewed by D.F. Belknap in Science, 241(4871),
1366-1368, Sep. 9, 1988.
A compilation of papers on Quaternary sea-level changes showing the
evolution of thought over the last decade. Includes "Sea-Level Changes
Resulting from Future Retreat of Ice Sheets: An Effect of CO2 Warming of the
Climate," by J.A. Clark, J.A. Primus, pp. 356-370. A concluding conspectus
discusses the debate over greenhouse warming and sea level rise.
Tides, Surges and Mean Sea-Level, A Handbook for Engineers and
Scientists, D.T. Pugh, 472 pp., 1987. Wiley & Sons*; $101. Reviewed by
H.O. Moffield in Eos, p. 850, Sep. 1988.
The reviewer finds the book valuable as a reference, as a text, and as an
introduction to the advances in measurement, analysis and modeling of sea level
over the past 20 years. Contains an extensive bibliography.
Responding to Changes in Sea Level. Engineering Implications,
Committee on Engineering Implications of Changes in Relative Mean Sea Level, and
Marine Board (of the Nat. Res. Council), 148 pp., 1987. Nat. Acad. Press., 2101
Constitution Ave., Washington DC 20418. Reviewed by S.A. Changnon in Bull.
Amer. Meteor. Soc., 536-537, May 1988.
Prepared by a committee of geologists and engineers in response to concerns
over sea-level rise from global warming. Discusses the problems of uncertainty
over past sea levels and inadequacy of data, and discusses response options of
stabilization vs. retreat, and concludes that neither alarm nor complacency are
warranted. Highly recommended by the reviewer.
Sea-Level Fluctuation and Coastal Evolution, D. Nummedal, O.H.
Pilkey, J.D. Howard, eds., 267 pp., 1987. Soc. Econ. Paleontologists &
Mineralogists, Spec. Pub. 41; $40 ($32 members). Reviewed extensively by D.C.
Kopaska-Merkel in Northeastern Environ. Sci., 6(2), 108-110,
A compilation of papers intended as a state-of-the-art reference work, three
of which deal with recent sea-level rise. The reviewer discusses the relevance
to long-term coastal urban planning; much information necessary for informed
risk assessment in coastal areas is presented.
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