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Sea change


I was interested to read (NCE last week) that design standards for the assumed sea level rise are expected to be increased from 4mm per year to 12.5mm per year.

From my extensive reading about global warming, I suggest that both of these are inadequate by at least an order of magnitude; we need to be designing now for a possible rise in sea levels of at least 10m (metres not millimetres! ).

Of course this does not relate only to sea defences but all planned new/refurbished infrastructure. And this applies equally to planning where to develop, as to what infrastructure is needed.

Since Government seems to be all talk and no action engineers should be taking the lead on this issue. I look forward to a reading the ICE's corporate response.

Colin Sherwood (M), colin.sherwood@lineout. net

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