Society and Sea Level Rise

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Science  19 Mar 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5665, pp. 1781-1782
DOI: 10.1126/science.1093515

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Most of the world's shorelines are in a state of erosion, prompting the search for ways to predict the future rate of shoreline retreat. In their Perspective, Pilkey and Cooper claim that a simple mathematical relationship called the Bruun rule is not a suitable means for calculating shoreline retreat except under a limited range of environmental circumstances.