Sea Level Rise and Implications for Low-Lying Islands, Coasts and Communities

  title={Sea Level Rise and Implications for Low-Lying Islands, Coasts and Communities},
  author={Michael Oppenheimer and Bruce C. Glavovic and Jochen Hinkel and Roderik van de Wal and Alexandre K. Magnan and Ahmed M Abd-EIGawad and Rongshuo Cai and Miguel Cifuentes-Jara and Robert M. DeConto and Tuhin Ghosh and John E. Hay and Federico I. Isla and Ben Marzeion and Benoit Meyssignac and Zita Sebesvari},
  journal={The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate},
Do Not Cite, Quote or Distribute 4-1 Total pages: 139 1 Chapter 4: Sea Level Rise and Implications for Low Lying Islands, Coasts and Communities 2 3 Coordinating Lead Authors: Michael Oppenheimer (USA), Bruce Glavovic (New Zealand), Tuhin Ghosh 4 (India) 5 6 Lead Authors: Amro Abd-Elgawad (Egypt), Rongshuo Cai (China), Miguel Cifuentes-Jara (Costa Rica), 7 Rob Deconto (USA), John Hay (Cook Islands), Jochen Hinkel (Germany), Federico Isla (Argentina), 8 Alexandre K. Magnan (France), Ben Marzeion… 


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