Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Sea-level rise


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The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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International Centre Cities on Water
International Centre Cities on Water

Sea-level rise — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

The Cook Islands - an Ocean and Coastal Environment
Vaitoti Tupa discusses the environmental challenges facing the Cook Islands, commenting on climate change and sea-level rise, resource sustainability and capacity building. Published May 2007

Erosion of Low-lying Reef Islands
Paul Kench and Peter Cowell present methodological developments in assessing the effect of sea-level rise on the erosion of low-lying reef islands. Published June 2004

Sea Level and Education in the Pacific
Than Aung of the National Tidal Facility describes the current work of the South Pacific Sea Level and Climate Monitoring Project, discussing recent trends and the availability of relevant educational materials. Published December 1999

Sea level Observing Systems
Philip Woodworth and Janice Trotte describe major programmes and associated activities in the monitoring, collection and analysis of sea level data. Published December 1998

On the Web

Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
AOSIS is a coalition of small island and low-lying coastal countries that share similar development challenges and concerns about the environment, especially their vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change. It acts as an ad hoc lobby and negotiating voice within the UN system.

Città d'Acqua (International Centre Cities on Water)
The International Centre Cities on Water is a non-profit association set up in Venice in 1989 with the aim of developing activities connected to the water-city relationship. It produces Acropolis, a newsletter linking cities in coastal zones and alongside inland bodies of water. In English and Italian.

Climate Change in Kiribati
The Climate Change in Kiribati website provies news and information, including videos, about the impact of climate change on this vulnerable island nation.

Climate Ready Estuaries Program Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas (1.2MB download)
Climate Ready Estuaries Program Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas, from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, provides a brief introduction to key physical impacts of climate change on estuaries and a review of on-the-ground adaptation options available to coastal managers to reduce their systems' vulnerability to climate change impacts. Published January 2009

Climate Witness in Action
Climate Witnesses have evidence of how rising sea levels, coral bleaching, violent storms, disappearing species, deadly heat waves, drought and other climate impacts have become part of their lives.

Island Vulnerability
Island Vulnerability explores the challenges which isolated geographies face when dealing with risk and disasters by examining the processes which create, maintain, and could be used to reduce their vulnerability. Documents from the landmark Small States Conference on Sea Level Rise held in the Maldives in 1989 are available.

Kiribati: a Call to the World
With an average 2 metre height above sea level, Kiribati is one of the frontline nations whose continued existence is threatened by the twin effects of sea-level rise and climate change. Kiribati: a Call to the World presents an outline of what I-Kiribati people face, their diminishing options and a heartfelt appeal to the world community.

Many Strong Voices
Many Strong Voices brings the Arctic and Small Island Developing States together to take collaborative and strategic actions on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Programme participants include international organizations, government agencies, non-government organizations, Indigenous Peoples' organizations, research institutes, communities and individuals.

Megacities and Climate Change
Megacities and Climate Change, from LEAD International and the Urban Age Programme, explores the linkages between leadership and climate change in a rapidly urbanising world, and aims at promoting a discussion about the trends, challenges and solutions currently underway in different urban settings and in four key areas of urban development: water and sanitation; energy; land use and urban planning, and transport and urban mobility. Published January 2009

SOPAC is the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission. It is an inter-governmental, regional organisation dedicated to providing services to promote sustainable development in the countries it serves.

Time Runs Out for Islanders on Global Warming's Front Line
The islanders of the Ganges delta talk of their battle against rising sea level. Published March 2008

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

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Updated: May 15th 2015