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This book is one of the outcomes of the expert workshop "Climate change and Sea level research in Europe: State of the art and future research needs" held at Mataro, Spain, in April 1997, organised under the auspices of the European Commission's Research Directorate General.

As the workshop's title indicates, its aim was to review the state of sea level research in Europe and to identify the most important needs for future research. After many years of sea-level research under the European Commission's Environment and Climate programmes it was thought timely to summarise the main achievements, to identify gaps and needs and to reinforce links to application and management. This is also consistent with the objectives of EC's Fifth Framework Programme, which stresses the need for multidisciplinary approaches and of the stronger involvement of users and stakeholders in the research effort.

The book reflects these new requirements and describes recent developments in the understanding and prediction of changes in sea level, its effects on the European coastline and its consequences for coastal zone management.

The latest scenarios from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicate an increase in global mean sea level of some 18cm per century. The book discusses the concept of sea level change in response to global warming. Very importantly it stresses the need to consider local sea level changes, as sea levels will evolve differently in different parts of the world. Equally important, it underlines an integrative view of coastal processes and development, and stresses the need to view climate variability and change and coastal change as intricately linked through a number of processes of which sea level and storminess are of paramount importance.

Additional information

Authors: SMITH D, Coventry University, Coventry (UK);RAPER S, University of East Anglia, Norwich (UK);ZERBINI S, Universita degli Studi di Bologna, Bologna (IT);SANCHEZ-ARCILLA, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19337 EN (2000) 248pp, EUR: 38.50
Availability: Available from OOPEC L-2985 Luxembourg
ISBN: ISBN: 92-828-9023-6
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