Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Subsidence

Causes, Consequences, and Strategies

  • John D. Milliman
  • Bilal U. Haq

Part of the Coastal Systems and Continental Margins book series (CSCM, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Subsidence: Towards Meaningful Strategies

  3. Processes and Problems

    1. S. C. B. Raper, T. M. L. Wigley, R. A. Warrick
      Pages 11-45
    2. Saskia Jelgersma
      Pages 47-62
    3. Robert H. Meade
      Pages 63-85
    4. Eric C. F. Bird
      Pages 87-103
  4. Case Studies

  5. Strategies

    1. J. G. de Ronde
      Pages 327-342
    2. Sanga Sabhasri, Ksemsan Suwarnarat
      Pages 343-356
    3. Bilal U. Haq, John D. Milliman
      Pages 357-364
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 365-370

About this book


Greenhouse-induced climate warming increasingly appears to be a reality, and the warming climate will be accompanied by an accelerated sea level rise - as much as 60-100 cm over the next century. What is commonly absent in the discussion of rising sea level, however, is the role played by the subsidence of low-lying coastal areas, which can have a far greater local effect than the eustatic rise of the sea. The combined sea-level rise and land subsidence will almost certainly make the greatest impact on coastal societies in the densely populated regions of southern Asia, but its effects will be felt globally.
This volume explores the concepts of sea-level rise and coastal subsidence, both natural and anthropogenically accelerated, in the form of a series of case studies in such diverse locations as Bangkok, Bangladesh, Venice, and the Niger and Mississippi deltas, as well as a discussion of the economic, engineering and policy responses that must be considered if the effects of local sea-level rise are to be mitigated.


Delta Sediment Sedimentation climate erosion

Editors and affiliations

  • John D. Milliman
    • 1
  • Bilal U. Haq
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Marine ScienceCollege of William and MaryGloucester PointUSA
  2. 2.BethesdaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4672-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8719-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1384-6434
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