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Collecting Elevation Data to Understand Climate Change Effects in the Marshall Islands

Elevation Data for Coastal Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

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Start Date
2016-09-13
End Date
2016-09-26
Release Date
2016

Summary

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that low-lying atolls (ring-shaped islands or island chains made of coral) in the Pacific Ocean are extremely vulnerable to high tide events (“king tides”), storm surge, tsunamis, and sea-level rise. The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) spreads over 29 atolls and has a population of over 50,000 people with homes and communities that may be threatened by these climate change-related events. Policy makers, planners, and others within RMI are faced with decisions about how to prepare for the future and need scientific data and information about the vulnerability of Pacific Islands to potential climate change impacts like sea-level rise. Topographic and bathymetric data are needed [...]

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“Satellite view of Majuro Atoll. Public Domain.”
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“Marshall Islands - Credit: Curt Storlazzi, USGS”
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