Sea Level Research - Benjamin Horton

Rising sea levels pose substantial risks to coastal populations, economies, infrastructure, and ecosystem services. Of the ~1 billion people worldwide living in low-elevation coastal zones, ~70% are located in Asia. Improving our understanding of past and present sea-level changes is crucial in minimizing the effects of sea-level rise through appropriate coastal planning, adaptation, and mitigation strategies based on sound reasoning. This is complicated, however, because regional and local relative sea-level changes differ from the global mean due to a variety of driving mechanisms associated with vertical land motion, atmospheric and ocean dynamics, and tectonics. Understanding the impact of these mechanisms on past and present-day sea levels provides greater confidence in accurately quantifying their contribution to future sea-level projections and for better adaptation and management strategies.

Blog

26 Aug 2021

In this interview series, we learn about the perspectives of the PhD students whose wide-ranging work contribute to the...

Latest Projects

The limited instrumental and paleo sea-level reconstructions in Singapore and Southeast Asia hinder the interpretation of sea-level change on global, regional and local scales and limit the possibilities to tune and refine models that predict...

Future sea-level rise will generate hazards for coastal populations, economies, and infrastructure of Singapore.

The rapidly changing climate, rising temperatures and declining Arctic Sea ice have the potential to open the Northern Sea Route (NSR).

Awards

2019

John C. Frye Environmental Geology Award

2019

President’s Chair in Earth Sciences