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The issue of climate change remains to be complex. Not only the causes are heavily debated but also the impacts that could be reversed, are among the major points of concern. One of the threats leads to a rise in sea level, an impact that could cause significant perturbations in the economic and environmental systems of countries with low lying and populated coastlines. Studies are required that define the order of magnitude of the sea level rise in the countries concerned. Careful estimations of the costs of adaptation versus the costs of mitigation options were already made but are based on different underlying assumptions so that results are diverging. This report covers the periodic assessment of the new scientific results, also the analysis of a selection of relevant topics like the estimation of the costs of a possible sea level rise and the aspects involved in joint implementation, a measure to reduce greenhouse gases, which is actually in the centre of the debate.

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Authors: ZWICK A, JRC Sevilla
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17303 EN (1997) 76pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
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