Over the next 40 years or so, the Greenhouse effect will affect many aspects of the environment. Not the least of these changes is an expected rise in sea level. With mean annual temperatures predicted to rise to between 2 and 4ºC by the year 2030, sea levels are expected to rise by between 0.2 and 1.4m, mainly due to thermal expansion of the oceans plus limited melting of mountain glaciers and the polar ice-caps. This paper considers the potential effects of a Greenhouse-induced sea level rise of one metre on the southern shores of Botany Bay.
The greenhouse effect is an extremely important environmental issue, and also a very real one, to which little attention is being paid by local councils, engineers and the general public. My investigation has therefore included a number of different aspects of Botany Bay, comprising both natural features and the built environment. From this study I aimed at achieving a better understanding of what impact sea level rise may have on this area, and what can be done to minimize the resulting damage.
How to Cite:
Pollard, M.J., 2010. Potential Effects of Greenhouse-Induced Sea Level Rise on the Southern Shores of Botany Bay. Wetlands Australia, 10(1), pp.20–29. DOI: http://doi.org/10.31646/wa.132