Meeting Report

  • Rhodes W. Fairbridge
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 325)


In a recent U.S. National Academy of Sciences report (ed. Dean, 1986), it emerged that basically, for a rising sea-level scenario, there were three options:
  1. (a)

    Retreat (the “Pilkey solution”); voluntary action would be reinforced by legislative incentives and prohibitions;

  2. (b)

    Barrage and dike-building (the “Dutch solution”); this is very costly, but inevitable where national need is established (e.g., Venice, Amsterdam, London);

  3. (c)

    Geohydrologic Management (proposed by Newman and Fairbridge, 1986; and widely noted in the press and TV, e.g. NY. Times, April 11, 1986; The Economist, April 12, 1986); management involves controlled interruption of the river discharge from land areas to the ocean. This last question has recently been studied by a NATO-ARW (March 1–7, 1989), and “Advanced Research Workshop” held at Fuerteventura, Spain, which will be reported here.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rhodes W. Fairbridge
    • 1
  1. 1.Columbia University; and NASA–GISSNew YorkUSA

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