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Title: Google search results for myanmar sea level rise on mongabay.com
Description/subject: 106 results (October 2017)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Mongabay via Google
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 26 October 2017

Title: NASA Sea level change portal
Description/subject: Understanding Sea Level... NASA keeps track of sea level change and its causes from space... Find out more about how NASA satellite observations...help our understanding of this complex topic.... Causes; Observations; Projections; Adaptati
Language: English
Source/publisher: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Format/size: html etc.
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2017

Title: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Description/subject: Mission Statement: "The Scripps mission is to seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 01 January 2018

Individual Documents

Title: Mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet from 1992 to 2017 The IMBIE team*
Date of publication: 14 June 2018
Description/subject: "The Antarctic Ice Sheet is an important indicator of climate change and driver of sea-level rise. Here we combine satellite observations of its changing volume, flow and gravitational attraction with modelling of its surface mass balance to show that it lost 2,720 ± 1,390 billion tonnes of ice between 1992 and 2017, which corresponds to an increase in mean sea level of 7.6 ± 3.9 millimetres (errors are one standard deviation). Over this period, ocean-driven melting has caused rates of ice loss from West Antarctica to increase from 53 ± 29 billion to 159 ± 26 billion tonnes per year; ice-shelf collapse has increased the rate of ice loss from the Antarctic Peninsula from 7 ± 13 billion to 33 ± 16 billion tonnes per year. We find large variations in and among model estimates of surface mass balance and glacial isostatic adjustment for East Antarctica, with its average rate of mass gain over the period 1992–2017 (5 ± 46 billion tonnes per year) being the least certain"
Author/creator: The IMBIE team (Andrew Shepherd , Erik Ivins, Eric Rignot + 81 others)
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Nature" VOL 558, 14 JUNE 2018
Format/size: English
Date of entry/update: 14 June 2018

Title: Antarctica Is Losing An Insane Amount of Ice. Nothing About This Is Good.
Date of publication: 13 June 2018
Description/subject: " Antarctica has lost 3 trillion tons of ice in the past 25 years, and that ice loss has accelerated rapidly over the last five years. In a new study, the most comprehensive to date of the continent's icy status, an international group of 84 researchers analyzed data from multiple satellite surveys, from 1992 to 2017. They discovered that Antarctica is currently losing ice about three times faster than it did until 2012, climbing to a rate of more than 241 billion tons (219 billion metric tons) per year. Total ice loss during the 25-year period contributed to sea level rise of about 0.3 inches (around 8 millimeters), approximately 40 percent of which — about 0.1 inches (3 mm) — happened in the past five years."
Author/creator: Mindy Weisberger
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Live Science - Planet Earth"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 14 June 2018

Title: Sea levels could rise by more than three metres, shows new study
Date of publication: 25 April 2017
Description/subject: "Global sea levels could rise by more than three metres – over half a metre more than previously thought – this century alone, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Southampton scientist. An international team including Sybren Drijfhout, Professor in Physical Oceanography and Climate Physics, looked at what might happen if carbon dioxide emissions continue unabated. Using new projections of Antarctic mass loss and a revised statistical method, they concluded that a worst-case scenario of a 2.5 to three-metre sea level rise was possible by 2100.
Language: English
Source/publisher: University of Southanpton
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/9/10/104008
Date of entry/update: 02 July 2017

Title: Major Sea Level Rise in the Near Future
Date of publication: 09 December 2016
Description/subject: "If you want to know what the changing climate is doing to the earth, ask someone who's been there. Jason Briner has been above the Arctic Circle more than 35 times. He takes the big topic of global warming and shows you what it's doing to a very important place in this talk.£
Author/creator: Jason Briner
Language: English
Source/publisher: TED Talks via Youtube (19 minutes)
Format/size: Adobe Flash or html5
Date of entry/update: 31 May 2018

Title: Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 °C global warming could be dangerous
Date of publication: 22 March 2016
Description/subject: Abstract. "We use numerical climate simulations, paleoclimate data, and modern observations to study the effect of growing ice melt from Antarctica and Greenland. Meltwater tends to stabilize the ocean column, inducing amplifying feedbacks that increase subsurface ocean warming and ice shelf melting. Cold meltwater and induced dynamical effects cause ocean surface cooling in the Southern Ocean and North Atlantic, thus increasing Earth's energy imbalance and heat flux into most of the global ocean's surface. Southern Ocean surface cooling, while lower latitudes are warming, increases precipitation on the Southern Ocean, increasing ocean stratification, slowing deepwater formation, and increasing ice sheet mass loss. These feedbacks make ice sheets in contact with the ocean vulnerable to accelerating disintegration. We hypothesize that ice mass loss from the most vulnerable ice, sufficient to raise sea level several meters, is better approximated as exponential than by a more linear response. Doubling times of 10, 20 or 40 years yield multi-meter sea level rise in about 50, 100 or 200 years. Recent ice melt doubling times are near the lower end of the 10–40-year range, but the record is too short to confirm the nature of the response. The feedbacks, including subsurface ocean warming, help explain paleoclimate data and point to a dominant Southern Ocean role in controlling atmospheric CO2, which in turn exercised tight control on global temperature and sea level. The millennial (500–2000-year) timescale of deep-ocean ventilation affects the timescale for natural CO2 change and thus the timescale for paleo-global climate, ice sheet, and sea level changes, but this paleo-millennial timescale should not be misinterpreted as the timescale for ice sheet response to a rapid, large, human-made climate forcing. These climate feedbacks aid interpretation of events late in the prior interglacial, when sea level rose to +6–9 m with evidence of extreme storms while Earth was less than 1 °C warmer than today. Ice melt cooling of the North Atlantic and Southern oceans increases atmospheric temperature gradients, eddy kinetic energy and baroclinicity, thus driving more powerful storms. The modeling, paleoclimate evidence, and ongoing observations together imply that 2 °C global warming above the preindustrial level could be dangerous. Continued high fossil fuel emissions this century are predicted to yield (1) cooling of the Southern Ocean, especially in the Western Hemisphere; (2) slowing of the Southern Ocean overturning circulation, warming of the ice shelves, and growing ice sheet mass loss; (3) slowdown and eventual shutdown of the Atlantic overturning circulation with cooling of the North Atlantic region; (4) increasingly powerful storms; and (5) nonlinearly growing sea level rise, reaching several meters over a timescale of 50–150 years. These predictions, especially the cooling in the Southern Ocean and North Atlantic with markedly reduced warming or even cooling in Europe, differ fundamentally from existing climate change assessments. We discuss observations and modeling studies needed to refute or clarify these assertions"...... James Hansen, Makiko Sato, Paul Hearty, Reto Ruedy, Maxwell Kelley, Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Gary Russell, George Tselioudis, Junji Cao, Eric Rignot, Isabella Velicogna, Blair Tormey, Bailey Donovan, Evgeniya Kandiano, Karina von Schuckmann, Pushker Kharecha, Allegra N. Legrande, Michael Bau, and Kwok-Wai Lo
Author/creator: James Hansen et al
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics"
Format/size: html, pdf (7.2MB-reduced version; 13.4MB-original))
Alternate URLs: https://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/16/3761/2016/acp-16-3761-2016.pdf
Date of entry/update: 25 June 2016

Title: The New Normal, Super Storms, High Tides and Rising Seas (video)
Date of publication: 11 March 2016
Description/subject: "This is the story of the century. We have passed a tipping point and are now in a new era – one where the melting of global ice sheets will dramatically transform our world. John clearly explains the latest science and puts sea level rise into a historical perspective. He then paints a vivid picture of what we can expect in the future, the potential solutions and what we must do now to create resilient cities and communities. In this enlightening presentation you’ll learn: Why sea level rise is now unstoppable The realistic projections over the coming decades Why the triple threat from storms, tides and sea level rise is producing deadly floods Why real estate values will go “underwater” long before the property does Some of the potential business opportunities that could benefit our economy Why communities, businesses and individuals must start planning and adapting now Higher Sea Levels Mean Big Risk and Big Business Opportunities Businesses need to have the latest information on how sea level rise is going to impact their assets and supply chains in coastal zones around the world. Seeing what lies ahead can reduce risk and identify potential new business opportunities. John highlights the realistic projections that can impact an organization’s bottom line, because today the most important line in business is the shoreline. Rising Seas: Community Planning for a new era Municipalities in coastal zones and on tidal rivers must now plan for a full range of flooding scenarios from the interplay of storms, tides and sea level rise. John explains how good planning needs to consider short, medium and long range time scales to create cost effective resiliency..."
Author/creator: John Englander
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Real Truth About Health Conference
Format/size: Adobe Flash (1 hour 28 minutes)
Alternate URLs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FzFMgeDOCU
Date of entry/update: 23 January 2017

Title: Melting Ice, Rising Seas - 4 presentations. (videos)
Date of publication: 13 January 2016
Description/subject: Melting Ice, Rising Seas (Part One) - Prof Jonathan Bamber, Introduced by Prof Bryan Storey... Melting Ice, Rising Seas (Part Two) - Dr Steve Rintoul, Research Team Leader, CSIRO Australia... Melting Ice, Rising Seas (Part Three) - Director of the Antarctic Research Centre... Melting Ice, Rising Seas (Part Four) - Prof Rob DeConto, University of Massachusetts
Author/creator: Prof Jonathan Bamber, Dr Steve Rintoul, Tim Naish, Prof Rob DeConto
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Antarctic Report - Royal Society of New Zealand
Format/size: Adobe Flash
Alternate URLs: https://www.antarcticreport.com/
Date of entry/update: 24 January 2017

Title: Our Rising Oceans (VICE on HBO: Season 3, Episode 1)
Date of publication: 11 January 2016
Description/subject: "Our oceans are rising. With human use of hydrocarbons skyrocketing, waters around the globe are getting hotter and, now, this warm sub-surface water is washing into Antarctica’s massive western glaciers causing the glaciers to retreat and break off. Antarctica holds 90% of the world’s ice and 70% of its freshwater, so if even a small fraction of the ice sheet in Antarctica melts, the resulting sea level rise will completely remap the world as we know it – and it is already happening. In the last decade, some of the most significant glaciers here have tripled their melt rate. VICE founder Shane Smith travels to the bottom of the world to investigate the instability of the West Antarctic ice sheet and to see first hand how the continent is melting -- and VICE follows the rising oceans to Bangladesh for a glimpse into the world's underwater future. From the UN Climate conference to the People's Climate March to the forces that deny the science of global climate change, this special extended episode covers all sides of the issue and all corners of the globe, ending with a special interview with Vice President Joe Biden. Watch Season 4 of VICE on Fridays at 11 PM, only on HBO. Watch Season 1: http://bit.ly/1HyVviK Watch Season 2: http://bit.ly/1LBL8y6 More from Shane Smith: http://www.vice.com/author/shane-smith Follow Shane on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shanesmith30 If you, like us, want to help put the brakes on global warming, or just want to learn more about what you saw in tonight's episode, check out these groups and get involved: Climate Central, Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies, Environmental Defense Fund, National Science Foundation, Ralph J. and Carol M. Cierone Endowed Chair and Fellowship Fund in Earth System Science, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation."
Language: English
Source/publisher: VICE on HBO via Youtube
Format/size: Adobe Flash or html5 (42 minutes)
Date of entry/update: 29 April 2018

Title: Mega Cities Under Water - Rising Sea level (video)
Date of publication: 01 October 2014
Description/subject: "Miami, New Orleans and New York City completely under water it’s a very real possibility if sea levels continue to rise. In Earth Under Water we’ll see these events unfold as leading experts forecast how mankind will be impacted if global warming continues. They’ll break down the science behind these predictions and explore ways humanity could adapt, including engineering vast dams near San Francisco, or building floating cities outside of New York..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: National Geographic
Format/size: Adobe Flash (43 minutes)
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2017

Title: The Biggest Superstorms on Earth
Date of publication: 01 September 2014
Description/subject: "Scientists, engineers and governments plan for today's super sized storms by using barriers and technology in an attempt to protect coastal populations..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: BLUE GLOBE via Youtube
Format/size: Adobe Flash or html5 (49 minutes)
Date of entry/update: 28 May 2018