A newly rediscovered study shows that many Micronesian Islands are growing, not shrinking with SLR. From Marianas Variety, No sea level rise: Pacific islands growing not shrinking, says study
HUGE compensation claims filed by Pacific states including Tuvalu have been hit by a three-year old study, dramatically “rediscovered” by New Scientist magazine today. The study concluded that many Micronesian islands are growing, not shrinking.
“It has been thought that as the sea level goes up, islands will sit there and drown. But they won’t,” Professor Kench at the University of Auckland in New Zealand told the mag.
The remainder of the article is here.
There is big money in the opposite, so you might be able to guess why the study was “lost.”
Kench has been saying us much for a while, but most editors shunned the news.
Kench’s study was published in in the journal Global and Planetary Change in November 2007, and last year he told Associated Press that islands apparently rebuild themselves.
Five years ago Pacific islands became a tragic poster children of Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth.” The BBC called the Maldives “a paradise faced with extinction.”
But just four of the 27 islands studied by the team — chosen because sea levels had risen in the past sixty years — had diminished in size. The other 23 had expanded, one by as much as 60 percent.
The islands apparently expand their mass by accumulating sediment, and through natural processes — not surprisingly, since they’re built on live biomatter: coral.
“Perhaps [they] do not need to flee their country,” Kench concludes, once again.