Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Seaports With Sea Level Change - 23

Port of NY/NJ

Over a decade ago Dredd Blog began to take a look at the concepts of sea level rise (SLR), and a bit later to consider sea level fall (SLF).

Several series resulted (e.g. Will This Float Your Boat?, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,  and many more on the Series Posts (N-Z) page at the headings with "SEA LEVEL" in them).

The issue is now discussed in a wide variety of internet venues (e.g. What is high tide flooding?; US high tide flooding breaks records in multiple locations; Climate change impacts on seaports: A growing threat to sustainable trade and development) to name a few (see also the posts under the "EXTINCTION" heading on Series Posts (A-M) page.

In this current series (Seaports With Sea Level Change, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22) the focus is on individual sea ports that also involve Container Ship international trade.

Here is the previous update on Seaports:

(HTML) Single
Coastline Countries
(HTML) Multi
Coastline Countries
Coastline Graphs
Appendix: A-CAppendix: A-CAppendix: A-C
Appendix: D-GAppendix: D-GAppendix: D-G
Appendix: H-LAppendix: H-LAppendix: H-L
Appendix: M-OAppendix: M-OAppendix: M-O
Appendix: P-TAppendix: P-TAppendix: P-T
Appendix: U-ZAppendix: U-ZAppendix: U-Z

Closing comment

The zone between the lines is a place for us to keep our eyes on:

"The municipalities and states are pointing to the costs they’re shouldering because of climate change. The sea level is expected to rise by three feet along San Mateo’s shoreline by 2100, drowning ecosystems, parks, neighborhoods, and infrastructure alike. Baltimore faces dozens more extreme heat days per year, severe storms, and a four-in-five chance of flooding above nine feet by 2100. Boulder’s many injuries include wildfires, drought, flooding, extreme heat days, higher transmission of insect-borne diseases, and increased ground-level ozone pollution.

The suits allege that the energy companies misrepresented the harms of fossil fuels through subterfuge. They funded 'dozens of think tanks, front groups, and dark money foundations pushing climate change denial.' Not mincing words, the attorneys for San Mateo wrote that the fossil fuel companies’ conduct was 'so vile, base, and contemptible that it would be looked down upon and despised by reasonable people.'”

(Why Is Merrick Garland Sticking with Donald Trump on Climate Lawsuits?).

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.

Dr. Jerry Mitrovica

Shorter video:

at ~31:14: "By taking the [global] average you're assuming something, and you're assuming it implicitly. You're assuming what we call the bathtub model." - Dr. Mitrovica

1 comment:

  1. About 100 yrs. after the Industrial Revolution began: "It was the winter of 1861-1862 and a historic megaflood transformed the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys into a "temporary but vast inland sea," according to the study. Some areas had up to 30 feet of water for weeks, obliterating infrastructure, farmland, and towns." (Link)