Photo Essay: How High Could Seas Rise?
Scientists from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are examining coasts around the world to measure how high seas rose during past warm periods. Their aim: to refine estimates of sea-level rise in coming decades, during our current era of human-induced global warming. Recently, they visited the Caribbean island of Barbados. Made mostly of fossil coral reefs that have been slowly rising from the waves for hundreds of thousands of years, the island contains an exquisite record of how the ocean has risen and fallen. (All photos by Kevin Krajick) READ THE FULL SCIENTIFIC STORY