2016-07-13. Global Risks and Research Priorities for Coastal Subsidence.

posted Jul 16, 2016, 7:54 PM by Alan Gould
By Mead Allison, et al, EoS, AGU. For GSS Ecosystem Change chapter 7. Excerpt: Some of the world's largest cities are sinking faster than the oceans are rising. Humans are part of the problem, but we can also be part of the solution through monitoring and modeling. Coastal lowlands, which rise less than 10 meters above sea level, are particularly vulnerable to the climate change effects forecast for the 21st century, including the threat of inundation by accelerating sea level rise and increases in severity and frequency of tropical storm surges. These threats coincide with a worldwide surge in human population in coastal areas. Coastal population centers include several megacities, whose populations exceed 10 million. ...To make matters worse, many coastal areas are sinking even faster than the waters are rising: Natural and human-driven subsidence rates arising from shallow processes can be one to two orders of magnitude greater than the rate of climate-driven sea level rise predicted for the remainder of the 21st century....  https://eos.org/features/global-risks-and-research-priorities-for-coastal-subsidence