Paul Douglas on Sea Level and Resilience

May 9, 2014

Quick primer on sea level, and survey of the cities considered to be most “resilient” in the face of climate change and other challenges.

I like Paul Douglas, and I think his pieces are eminently shareable due to his great visuals, and authoritative but easy going manner.

Sea level is the planetary thermometer.
Remember to direct people to google “colorado, satellite, sea level”, where they can view the actual current graph themselves. There is absolutely no process that can cause sea level to rise as it currently is, other than a warming planet.

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8 Responses to “Paul Douglas on Sea Level and Resilience”

  1. jpcowdrey Says:

    I also like to refer to CSIRO, where the acceleration over the last century plus is clearly visible.


  2. Did anybody else get that? What was your guess for most SLR vulnerable cities? You probably got Miami right. After that you probably guessed some more East Coast cities.
    Nope. LA and Seattle.

  3. Greg Laden Says:

    Why LA ans Seatle rather than say, NOLA?

  4. redskylite Says:

    Thanks for the (CU and CSIRO) links to the graphs, we can follow the rise ourselves and it (unsurprisingly) does resemble the upward trend of atmospheric CO2.

    Following is from the Scientific American journal:
    Massive Seawall May Be Needed to Keep New York City Dry

    “A new analysis suggests New York might deal with sea level rise and flood risk by a system of small levees and raising buildings unless climate change is worse than anticipated”

    http://tinyurl.com/nylkydj


    • Until climate change is worse than anticipated? It already is worse than anticipated and getting worse by the year. The next El Nino is going to make what we have experienced before look like a picnic. Mitigation is a joke. SLR will happen fast and the move will be to higher ground. Don’t think Miami beachfront hotels will be making money. Not unless they switch to canoe rides. Miami Airport will have to relocate to Georgia.


  5. […] Quick primer on sea level, and survey of the cities considered to be most "resilient" in the face of climate change and other challenges. I like Paul Douglas, and I think his pieces are eminently s…  […]

  6. mspelto Says:

    The word glacier or ice sheet melt did not appear, not sure how you make a video on sea level rise and leave that out.


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