Sea-Level Research

a manual for the collection and evaluation of data

  • Orson van de Plassche

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Introduction

    1. O. Van De Plassche
      Pages 1-26
    2. C. Kidson
      Pages 27-64
  3. Sea-Level Indicators

  4. Age

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 523-523
    2. W. G. Mook, O. van de Plassche
      Pages 525-560
    3. A. Heyworth
      Pages 561-566
  5. Altitude

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 567-567
    2. W. G. Jardine
      Pages 569-590
    3. J. T. Greensmith, E. V. Tucker
      Pages 591-603
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 605-618

About this book


An editorial by Wanless (1982), entitled "Sea level is rising - so what?", tells the case of an executive editor of a major city newspaper, who, when confronted with evi­ dence for a recent sea-level rise, replied: "That just means the ocean is six inches deeper, doesn't it?". Whether his "so what?" attitude was real or put on to dike a threat of sensation, there is at present a wide and deepening interest in ongoing and future global sea-level change. This interest has grown along with the concern over global warming due to increasing levels of C02 and trace gases. A stage has been reached where investigators of climat- sea-level relationships call for long-term measurement programmes for ice-volume changes (using satellite altimetry) and changes in temperature and salinity of the oceans (ther­ mal expansion). This manual, however, is primarily concerned with sea­ level changes in the past, mainly since the end of the last glaciation. Its major objective is to help answer the ques­ tion: "how?", which, of course, is little else but to assist in the gathering of fuel for the burning question: "why?" Good fuel, hopefully, for the less smoke and ashes, and the more heat and light produced by that fire, the better scientists are enabled to develop a quantitative under­ standing of past, and hence of future, sea-level changes on different spatial and temporal scales.


global warming ocean sea level temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • Orson van de Plassche
    • 1
  1. 1.Free UniversityAmsterdamNetherlands

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