Sea-level rise: writers imagined drowned worlds for centuries – what they tell us about the future

Cultures worldwide are awash with tales of great floods. What can they tell us about the reality of a wetter world?

Chelsea Haith, DPhil Candidate in Contemporary English Literature, University of Oxford • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~7 min

Sediment bacteria likely adding to Greenland melt

Bacteria may add to melting on the Greenland ice sheet, which covers 656,000 square miles. If it melted, global sea level would rise an estimated 20 feet.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~5 min

Drowning salt marshes threaten coastal communities

Salt marshes act as barriers against storm surges and natural disasters for coastal communities. But rising sea levels are breaking them down.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~6 min

The Caspian Sea is set to fall by 9 metres or more this century – an ecocide is imminent

Climate change means more water is evaporating than is flowing in.

Matteo Lattuada, PhD Candidate, Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics, University of Giessen • conversation
Dec. 23, 2020 ~7 min

Ice sheets ‘talk’ to each other across the planet

"Our results highlight how interconnected the Earth system is, with changes in one part of the planet driving changes in another."

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Nov. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Ice sheets ‘talk’ to each other across the planet

"Our results highlight how interconnected the Earth system is, with changes in one part of the planet driving changes in another."

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Nov. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Sunny-day flooding linked to sea level, moon orbit

A pattern among the moon, sun, and sea level could help predict sunny-day flooding, say researchers.

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
Oct. 20, 2020 ~4 min

Darwin’s theory about atolls is ‘beautiful’ but wrong

Charles Darwin's theory about the formation of atolls is elegant, but doesn't reflect key information: sea level. Researchers now correct his work.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~12 min

Moving delta rivers to bring floods to new places

Climate change will bring river avulsion, or jumping course, farther inland, predict researchers. It could mean floods in places that haven't had to worry.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 5, 2020 ~8 min

Oceans could rise more than a foot by 2100

If greenhouse gases continue apace, Greenland and Antarctica's shrinking ice sheets could add 15 inches to sea level rise by 2100, researchers warn.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 24, 2020 ~7 min

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