“Five Pacific islands vanish from sight as sea levels rise.” Part Deux: The Erosion Strikes Back

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Guest post by David Middleton

Featured image borrowed from USGS.

As promised, here is the sequel to “Five Pacific islands vanish from sight as sea levels rise.”  The thoroughly ridiculous New Scientist article is based on this paper:

Simon Albert, Javier X Leon, Alistair R Grinham, John A Church, Badin R Gibbes and Colin D Woodroffe.  Interactions between sea-level rise and wave exposure on reef island dynamics in the Solomon Islands.  Environmental Research Letters, Volume 11, Number 5.  Published 6 May 2016. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054011.

Apart from some obligatory babbling about IPCC sea level rise projections, the paper is actually very good.

At least eleven islands across the northern Solomon Islands have either totally disappeared over recent decades or are currently experiencing severe erosion. However, islands in the more sheltered Roviana area of the southern Solomon Islands did not experience significant coastal recession.

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