Geo-engineering could halt sea level rising, finds report
September 21, 2018
Constructing a wall to prevent warm water from melting the world’s polar ice caps could be the next step in preventing global sea level rising, a new report published by The Crysophere has found.
The new study from the European Geology Union investigated new methods of using geoengineering to offset the worst impacts of climate change.
While the novel idea may sound far-fetched, the technology is surprisingly simple.
“We were imagining very simple structures, simply piles of sand or gravel on the ocean floor,” said study lead Michael Wolovick.
The main thrust of the idea is not to actually hold glaciers in place, but rather to block warmer waters from melting the glaciers from underneath.
The research shows that even the simpler design could slow down the rate of sea-level rise, giving more time to coastal societies to adapt to rising waters. The smallest intervention has a 30% probability of preventing a runaway collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet for the foreseeable future, according to the models.
“We all understand that we have an urgent professional obligation to determine how much sea level rise society should expect, and how fast that sea level rise is likely to come. However, we would argue that there is also an obligation to try to come up with ways that society could protect itself against a rapid ice-sheet collapse,” says Wolovick.