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dc.contributor.author Sammler, Katherine G.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-14T16:09:41Z
dc.date.issued 2019-06-30
dc.identifier.citation Territory, Politics, Governance (2019) [published online] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2162-2671
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/212756
dc.description.abstract Sea level rise has destructive material impacts on coastal communities and low-lying nations. While it is largely perceived and experienced via these impacts, the level of the sea is less often thought about as a political surface. The boundary where land and sea intersect is determined by the ocean’s height, manifesting materially as a realm of coastal features and produced politically as baselines. Defined through international treaties, baselines are the low-water line upon which national boundaries are traced. Yet, this line between adjoining mediums of land and sea is much more physically blurred and dynamic than represented politically and legally. The difficulties of delimiting a coastline, a phenomenon referred to as the Coastline Paradox, means the measurement of a coastline is dependent on the ruler used, an entanglement of instrument and measurement. As rising sea levels encroach on physical coastlines, they are also impacting legal baselines, shifting national terrestrial and maritime borders inland posing existential dilemmas to island and low-lying nations. This paper examines how the concept of sea level was constructed scientifically and is enrolled in the legal demarcation of territorial borders, with the goal of examining how sea level rise politically marks a climatically changing world. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Katherine G. Sammler en_US
dc.format.extent 17 en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Territory, Politics, Governance en_US
dc.relation.uri doi.org/10.1080/21622671.2019.1632219 en_US
dc.subject Sea level. en_US
dc.subject Coast changes. en_US
dc.subject Sea level -- Climatic factors. en_US
dc.subject Coastal zone management. en_US
dc.subject Climatic changes. en_US
dc.title The rising politics of sea level: demarcating territory in a vertically relative world en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.embargoterms forever en_US
dc.date.embargountil 10000-01-01
dc.contributor.department Department of Global Studies & Maritime Affairs, California State University Maritime Academy, Vallejo, California en_US

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