Even without the tsunami effect that I foresee, even a gradual six-meter sea rise will drown whole islands and flood coastal cities making them uninhabitable. New York City and New Orleans are just two obvious examples.
Millions of acres of coastal croplands (especially rice fields) will be destroyed causing widespread starvation. The docks, boatyards, and other port facilities that support the world’s fishing fleets will be destroyed. We will lose coastal highways, refineries, power plants, etc.
Even, if you don’t believe this can happen, at least support the scientific tests and archaeological investigations necessary to determine how rapid these changes took place in the past (when man was not adding to the problem). If they show, as I am convinced they will, that such sea level changes can come about relatively suddenly, then we can use that data to warn people and to try to prepare them for when it happens.
E. Lee Spence, DMH
President, Sea Research Society