Comment [on “Sea level rise shown to drive coastal erosion”]

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
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Leatherman et al. [2000] (Eos, Trans., AGU, February 8, 2000, p.55) affirm that global eustatic sea-level rise is driving coastal erosion. Furthermore, they argue that the long-term average rate of shoreline retreat is 150 times the rate of sea-level rise. This rate, they say, is more than a magnitude greater than would be expected from a simple response to sea-level rise through inundation of the shoreline. We agree that sea-level rise is the primary factor causing shoreline retreat in stable coastal areas.This is intuitive. We also believe, however, that the Leatherman et al. [2000] study has greatly underestimated the rate of coastal recession along most low slope shorelines. Slopes along the North Carolina continental shelf/coastal plain approach 10,000:1. To us, this suggests that we should expect rates of shoreline recession 10,000 times the rate of sea-level rise through simple inundation of the shoreline.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Comment [on “Sea level rise shown to drive coastal erosion”]
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/00EO00034
Volume 81
Issue 38
Year Published 2000
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Contributing office(s) Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Description 1 p.
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Larger Work Title Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
First page 436
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