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9 Conclusions and Recommendations
Pages 122-125

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... Relative mean sea level Is generally falling near geological plate boundaries and in formerly glaciated areas such as Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia, and Scotland. Relative mean sea level is not rising In limited areas of the continental United States, including portions of the Pacific Coast.
From page 123...
... Although there is substantial local variability and statistical uncertainty, average relative sea level over the past century appears to have risen about 30 cm relative to the East Coast of the United States and 11 cm along the West Coast, excluding Alaska, where glacial rebound has resulted in a lowering of relative sea level. Rates of relative sea level rise along the Gulf Coast are highly variable, ranging from a high of more than 100 cm/century in parts of the Mississippi delta plain to a low of less than 20 cm/century along Florida's west coast.
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... Options should be kept open to enable the most appropriate response to future changes in the rate of sea ferret rise. Long-term planning and policy development should explicitly consider the high probability of future increased rates of sea level rise.
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... Geological Survey, and the Environmental Protection Agency, should increase their funding for coastal processes research. The federal research funding effort should focus on studies directed too ward understanding nature's response to relative sea level rise and developing appropriate engineering responses.

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