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Sea-Level Changes from Minutes to Millennia

Collection launched: 05 Feb 2019

Sea-level changes over timescales from minutes to millennia are of great concern to coastal communities. Long-term changes in sea level due to the solid earths response to glaciation and tectonics are the background rate upon which the hazard from anthropogenic sea-level change and extreme inundation from tsunamis and storms must be superimposed. Short-term measurements from instrumental and historical records provide short glimpses at the hazard posed by sea-level change over varying temporal scales but must be placed within the long-term context that only geological and archaeological records provide.

To address these topics, UNESCO and the IUGS, as well as INQUA, have supported two projects, IGCP Project 639 “Sea-Level Changes from Minutes to Millennia” and the INQUA project CMP1701P “Late Quaternary records of coastal inundation due to earth surface deformation, tsunamis, and storms”. Particular focus has been placed on the development of integrated records of sea-level change and coastal hazards obtained from instrumental, historical, archaeological, and geological records. The papers in this collection represent some of the myriad of work that has been presented across the first three annual meetings (Oman, South Africa, Italy) of these projects as well as at numerous sponsored scientific sessions at national and international conferences.

Collection Editors
Simon Engelhart
Gosta Hoffmann
Alar Rosentau
Fengling Yu