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TitlePotential impacts of global sea-level rise on Canadian coasts
AuthorShaw, J; Taylor, R B; Solomon, S; Christian, H A; Forbes, D L
SourceCanadian Geographer vol. 42, no. 4, 1998 p. 365-379, https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1541-0064.1998.tb01352.x
Year1998
Alt SeriesGeological Survey of Canada, Contribution Series 1997268
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Documentserial
Lang.English
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceBritish Columbia; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nova Scotia; British Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut
NTS1; 2; 3; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33; 34; 35; 36; 37; 38; 39; 40; 41; 42; 43; 44; 45; 46; 47; 48; 49; 52; 53; 54; 55; 56; 57; 58; 59; 62; 63; 64; 65; 66; 67; 68; 69; 72; 73; 74; 75; 76; 77; 78; 79; 82; 83; 84; 85; 86; 87; 88; 89; 92; 93; 94; 95; 96; 97; 98; 99; 102; 103; 104; 105; 106; 107; 114O; 114P; 115; 116; 117; 120; 340; 560
AreaBeaufort Sea; Bay of Fundy; Fraser Delta
Lat/Long WENS-141.0000 -50.0000 90.0000 41.7500
SubjectsNature and Environment; sea level changes; sea level fluctuations; paleo-sea levels; coastal erosion; erosion; climate effects; climate; deglaciation; climate change; sea-level rise; coastal erosion
Illustrationslocation maps; images; graphs; photographs
AbstractThe sea-level rise that may result from global climate change is placed within the context of past and present sea-level changes on Canadian coasts. To assess future impact, a dimensionless index of sensitivity is determined. Coasts with low, moderate, and high sensitivity constitute 67%, 30%, and 3% of the total coastline, respectively. The most sensitive regions are: (1) several parts of the Maritime Provinces; (2) two areas of the British Columbia coast; and (3) a large part of the Beaufort Sea coast. Impacts in four regions - Bay of Fundy, Beaufort Sea, Fraser Delta, and Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia - are discussed in detail. It is argued that the societal response to changes in sea level should favour retreat and accommodation strategies.
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