ByKenneth Richardon21. December 2020
Despite sea level rise, a 2019 global analysis (Duvat, 2019) found 89% of 709 island coasts have been either stable or growing in size in recent decades. A new Maldives-only study (Duvat, 2020) finds rapid (>3 to >50%) coastal growth in 110 of 186 Maldives islands from 2005 to 2016. Just 5 islands ? 2.7% ? actually contracted in size during this period.
Fortunately she found ?no widespread sign of physical destabilization in the face of sea-level rise.? In fact, a) none of the 30 atolls analyzed lost land area, b) 88.6% of the 709 islands studied were either stable or increased in area…
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